Commercial Innovation Officer
Space Tango
Lexington Kentucky UNITED STATES
As the Commercial Innovation Officer at Space Tango Jana leads the development of commercial market creation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for biomedical and technology research and manufacturing applications. Before transitioning to the Space industry, Jana worked for over two decades with a variety of leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She has a strong understanding of the needs and challenges faced by companies working within a regulated industry and experience working in both emerging and established global markets spanning a variety of healthcare indications. Spending the majority of her career in the San Diego biotechnology community, Jana has an in-depth understanding of what drives innovation from her work in San Diego and with major pharmaceutical and device companies across the globe. In addition to a strong technical background, Jana has a career history marked by successful identification of new business opportunities for private and public healthcare companies, along with product development and global commercialization of some of the most innovative healthcare technologies. She transitioned from pharma to lead life science research in microgravity for three years as part of the team managing the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS-NL) prior to joining Space Tango to focus on building an emerging market on orbit representing a new sector of the Space economy. Jana received her Bachelor’s degree in biology/physics from Wells College, and her Master’s degree in biology from Harvard University.