Yvonne Yamanaka

Yvonne joined venBio in 2016. Previously, Yvonne was a member of the venture creation team at Flagship Pioneering’s internal innovation foundry, where she invented technologies and helped launch life science companies.

Yvonne completed her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Siebel Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow. During graduate school, Yvonne and teammates proposed a novel immunotherapy technology, which won the Merck Serono Innovation Cup. Yvonne joined EMD/Merck Serono after graduating to lead the implementation of the technology.

Yvonne holds a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, where she was an Angier B. Duke and Goldwater scholar. She served as a student leader of Engineers Without Borders and worked on engineering and global health projects in Uganda and Tanzania.