Robert Masterson

Entrepreneur in Residence

Robert Masterson’s cultivation of innovative ideas has led to two life science startups and multiple biotechnology products. His entrepreneurial expertise spans product idea generation, development, and commercialization; startup business models and leadership; and presentations and messaging for investors to secure angel and venture capital backing. 

Under his leadership as founder, CEO, and CSO of Tessera Diagnostics, the company explored cancer diagnostics (now Onconome, Inc.). In 2006, he co-founded and served as CEO of medical device company Prevencio, Inc., advancing its technology through the development stage. In 2014, he led the hand-off to new management and continues to provide leadership with analysis and new ideas. 

Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Iowa State University. A postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany, he directed a molecular and cellular research program. 

Giving back to the Northwest life science community aligns seamlessly with his past history of collaborating with fellow scientists in basic research, and in encouraging fellow entrepreneurs to commercialize applied research. Robert has been a member of Life Science Washington (formerly WBBA) since 1994. 
Focus: Life Science, Medical Devices 

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