Institute for Protein Design

Lance Stewart, PhD, MBA

Sr. Director of Strategy

Dr. Lance Stewart is the Senior Director of Strategy at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design.  He also serves as the Senior Director of Alliances at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.  Dr. Stewart brings over 17 years of experience in life sciences partnering and entrepreneurial start-up activities. He has managed several multi-year collaborations in technology development and structure-based drug design.  Dr. Stewart earned a B.S. in biology from McMaster University  (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), a Ph.D. in biochemistry and virology from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and then moved to Seattle where he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, conducting research on the structure and function of proteins.  In 1998, Dr. Stewart Co-Founded a UW spin out company called Emerald BioStructures (Bainbridge Island, WA) which commercialized reagents and services for structure-guided drug discovery.   In 2003, he earned an Executive MBA from the UW Foster School of Business, which helped him lead the growth of Emerald as a business unit within two publicly traded companies, becoming the CEO upon Emerald’s spin-out from deCODE genetics in 2009.  While at Emerald and deCODE, he oversaw contract research activities in structural elucidation of protein-drug complexes that supported the discovery of eight investigational new drug candidates, including molecules for improvement of memory and for spinal muscular atrophy.  Dr. Stewart is also the co-founder of the NorthWest NeuroNeighborhood, a trade organization dedicated to fostering the economic development of a neuro-cluster in the northwest.

Lance Stewart, Ph.D. MBA
Sr. Director of Strategy
Institute for Protein Design, UW Medicine
University of Washington, Box 351655
Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building, 4th Floor
3946 W Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1655
Cell: 206-383-4187
Phone: 206-616-7542