Jessica Owens

Jessica Owens
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Jessica Owens

Jessica is the co-founder of Initiate Studio, where she has been guiding entrepreneurs in building pharmaceutical services, tools and digital health. She is bringing the venture studio model to life sciences and healthcare.

Prior to founding Initiate Studio, Jessica incubated and founded two healthcare companies: GRAIL and Autism Acumen. GRAIL started after Jessica led its incubation and spin-out from the public life sciences company Illumina. At GRAIL, she led commercial strategy and marketing for new technologies targeted at early cancer detection. Autism Acumen started after Jessica incubated it during her role as an entrepreneur in residence at Versant Ventures. She became CEO of Autism Acumen and focused on combining patient video with machine learning to improve the management of chronic neurological disorders.

Jessica has been an investor and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, focused on investing in life sciences companies. She has also worked in corporate strategy and business development at Genomic Health. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, MS in cancer biology from Stanford University and bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College.