Wendye Robbins
Women enabling science to reach the people who need it

Wendye Robbins

Wendye Robbins
President & CEO

Blade Therapeutics, Inc.

JLABS @ SSF

What is the problem you're trying to solve?

At JLAB's, we focused on resolving the function of a novel cysteine protease implicated by our founder, Dr. Hal Dietz, in multiple fibrotic diseases.

How is what you're doing different than other attempts to solve this problem?

We are building a fully integrated company to shepherd novel biological insights into drugs for grievous and heretofor untreatable diseases.

Why are you passionate about what you're working on?

We are hoping to make a difference for patients suffering from diverse diseases including NASH, myelofibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, diabetic kidney disease, and others. We recruited a very talented and experienced team to drive this process.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I am proud of the Company's progress in characterizing and drugging this novel target. Personally, I am proud of my beautiful family (including my 3 college student children and my wonderfully supportive husband).

Why did you choose science as a career?

I majored in business in college (Berkeley). But, that wasn't enough. I wanted a career that would enable me to solve important problems. I then went to medical school and residency. Along the way, I fell in love with science. Now as a biotech executive, I am privileged to combine all three interests.

Why are you passionate about what you're working on?

At Blade, we working on creating small molecule therapeutics to cure diseases of fibrosis. I am thrilled that we will advance our first molecule into patients this year.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women in the life science sector?

Be fearless. Don't be discouraged. Listen to your inner voice. Do good for the world. Give back. Along the way, don't forget to take care of yourself. Live your life to the fullest.