Melissa Krauth is an experienced biopharmaceutical executive, entrepreneur, and investor. She is currently a Board Member and advisor to a number of local life science companies and non-profits and is actively engaged in building local life science companies. Previously, she headed up life science investment activities at a local family office. Melissa also spent eight years as a senior executive with Reata Pharmaceuticals, where she oversaw company and product-level strategies and operations. She also spent more than ten years as a strategy consultant to executives at top pharmaceutical and biotech companies and has done several of her own start-ups. She is an honors graduate from Rice University with a BS in biochemistry and earned an MBA in health care management and strategic management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.