MADISON—Dr. Melissa Sherman was selected to join the Board of Trustees for WiSys—a nonprofit organization that promotes research, innovation and entrepreneurship at the 11 regional comprehensive University of Wisconsin System schools.
Sherman is the CEO of MOBILion Systems Inc., a life science tools company accelerating biotherapeutic drug development and multiomic biomarker discovery. The company’s work enables earlier disease detection and improved diagnostic accuracy, as well as more efficacious drug development.
“Melissa has a great background in innovation, technology licensing and entrepreneurship as the founder of a successful startup company that has raised over $110 million to date,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “We’re excited to add her voice to WiSys’ board, which is committed to inspiring Wisconsin innovation.”
Sherman has strong connections to Wisconsin and the regional public universities that WiSys serves. Before obtaining a PhD. in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Akron, Sherman graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.S. in Chemistry.
“We are thrilled that Melissa has so graciously agreed to lend her expertise and perspectives to the UW System campuses through her service on the WiSys board,” said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Dr. James C. Schmidt, a member of the WiSys Advisory Committee. “Melissa is an outstanding UW-Eau Claire graduate who has excelled in her career. That she is willing to give back through her service to the UW System reinforces the notion that ‘once a Blugold, always a Blugold.’ We look forward to working more closely with her as she provides invaluable insights to current faculty and students working with WiSys.”
Prior to MOBILion, Sherman was Director of Technology and Business Development at IP Group, an early-stage technology investment firm. She managed portfolio development from federal laboratory technology and was responsible for deal origination, due diligence and transaction execution.
Sherman started her industry career at E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware where she transitioned from bench chemist to business leader before spending the next ten years in the surgical product sector with W.L. Gore & Associates, Kensey Nash and Aimago.
WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.