Global Conference 2010
Director of Strategic Initiatives, FasterCures / The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions
Melissa Stevens is Director of Strategic Initiatives for FasterCures, a nonprofit think tank and center of the Milken Institute that works across sectors to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the medical research enterprise, and accelerate the discovery and development of new treatments for deadly and debilitating diseases. Stevens manages planning and implementation of FasterCures programs. She also directs the organization′s medical philanthropy efforts including the Philanthropy Advisory Service (PAS), designed to help foundations, philanthropists and their advisors make more impactful investments in medical research and better assess the return on philanthropy. Previously, she worked in the health sciences practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising commercial and federal clients across the health-care continuum. Stevens received both her bachelor′s degree in biochemistry and M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.