Karen Simonetti is the Operations Manager at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS located at JLABS @ Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for leading all aspects of the JLABS facilities and overall site management including accountability for regulatory compliance, security, budget development and management, customer relationship management and administration. She provides companies with support focused on JLABS excellence in the service delivery model and customer relationship management. Karen enables efficient operational work-flows to ensure compliance related to Environmental Health and Safety and Standard Operating Procedures. In addition, she is responsible for managing relationships with suppliers that assist with daily operations.
Prior to joining JLABS, Karen worked as a Project Manager leading healthcare projects in Mental Health and Dementia, while also serving as a research work package coordinator for AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, as part of federally-funded Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. Her previous experience includes nearly a decade working as a Laboratory Research Project Manager at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute. In this role, she managed laboratory operations, coordinated equipment for the Molecular Structure and Function Program, and conducted research aiming to understand macromolecular complexes, amyloid assemblies, toxic peptides, elastomeric and viral membrane proteins.
Karen completed her MSc in Biological Sciences from Purdue University, where she was involved in interdisciplinary research projects and taught introductory biology courses. She also holds certificates in Project Management from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and an Applied Management Principles Certificate (mini-MBA series) from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.