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Tracy Laabs, PhD
Tracy leads the Center's development strategy, partnerships and fundraising efforts to accelerate the translation of science and technology to the patient. She is a champion for Wyss Center science and technology and brings over eighteen years of combined professional and research experience toward advancing innovative clinical solutions.
Dr. Tracy Laabs is the Chief Development Officer at the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role, she focuses on strategic partnerships and fundraising efforts to expand the reach of the science and technology of the Center. She assumed this role in Spring of 2020 after five years as the Founding Deputy Director of the Center where she was instrumental in growing and evolving the Center into an international leader in neurotechnology. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Brain Project, an international organization advocating for women’s brain and mental health, and is a member of a Thrive with Mentoring community in Western Switzerland.
Tracy has over eighteen years of combined professional and research experience in multiple life science disciplines including neuroscience, neurotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, human performance, and regenerative medicine. Prior to joining the Wyss Center, she was a Senior Scientist at Strategic Analysis, Inc. where she provided technical expertise and scientific program management support on multidisciplinary programs at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Sciences (DSO) and Biological Technologies offices (BTO).
Tracy has extensive research experience as well as experience in strategic planning, development and management of high risk/high reward multidisciplinary programs and coordinating interdisciplinary teams of academic and industrial scientists in the development of technologies. She enjoys mentoring young scientists and entrepreneurs, writing and presenting to broad audiences about neuroscience and neurotechnology translation. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a BS in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US).
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Wyss Center partners with ALBA network
The Wyss Center partners with the ALBA Network to raise awareness and advocate for increased equity, inclusion and visibility of scientists from underrepresented groups in brain research.Collaboration
Consortium to develop fully implantable brain-computer interface to enable communication for people with paralysis
Project will push the boundaries of real-time brain-to-speech decoding with artificial intelligence algorithms and a miniaturized, wireless device.Collaboration
Wyss Center joins Swiss life sciences cluster BioAlps
The Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating discoveries in neuroscience to improve patient lives, has joined BioAlps, the life sciences cluster for Western Switzerland.Collaboration