• June 3-6, 2024
  • San Diego Convention Center, California


Kara Bortone

Kara Bortone, PhD

Senior Director, J&J Innovative Medicine Business Development
Johnson & Johnson
Kara Bortone is Senior Director, Johnson & Johnson Global Business Development. In this role, Kara is responsible for leading acquisition, licensing and partnership diligence and transactions for precision medicine, digital diagnostics and digital solutions. Before joining J&J Business Development, Kara was a member of the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JABS team. During this time, she led and executed on external engagement, company scouting, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L as Head of JLABS @ San Diego and then, as JLABS grew globally, Kara played a critical role in overseeing company sourcing and portfolio management of more than 700 companies in 13 locations. In 2004, Kara started her career at Galapagos NV in Belgium, where she served in roles of increasing responsibility, including marketing, investor relations and medical communications. Kara holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.
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