Samira Kaissi, Entrepreneur in residence.

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Samira started her career in California with a Ph.D. and postdoc in Molecular Biology (Viral Gene therapy) from USC and UCLA.  Her journey has since spanned three continents and grew into various leadership roles such as national support manager and global marketing manager at Beckman Coulter in the United States; assistant professor and director of research at the American University of Beirut Medical Center; and finally to Ireland where she was a Site Lead at Becton Dickenson-Gencell and director of BD’s Research Center Ireland.  Recently she held multiple CEO roles at medical device startups such as Cala Medical (developing a novel blood purification cartridge for sepsis) and Capri Medical (developing an implantable neurostimulation device for migraines).  She also works with Enterprise Ireland as a commercial lead to support potential spinouts from Irish universities. Samira continues her foray into the exciting world of medtech and biotech entrepreneurship by joining the team at Lightstone Ventures as an EIR in 2022, where she hopes to play a role in transforming innovative ideas into health improving and life saving products.


PhD in Molecular Biology from University of a Southern California

B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC, Irvine

Sector: Medical Technology

Location: Dublin

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