Barbara Goodman joined iBIO – the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization and the iBIO Institute in December 2007 and has nearly twenty years of experience in the planning and implementation of strategic growth initiatives at both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. She is now responsible for leading iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center, programs aimed at increasing the number and success rate of early-stage life sciences companies in Illinois as well as supporting iBIO’s international activities. Before joining iBIO and the iBIO Institute, Barbara worked in corporate strategy and business development at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Cardinal Health in its Medical Products & Services Division, and Chesapeake Corporation (Richmond, Virginia). Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Barbara serves as the Chair of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes’ Entrepreneurship Committee, as the Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign’s Professional Science Masters program, and on the External Advisory Board of University of Illinois at Chicago’s Bioengineering Program.