Lesley Watts works to create an integrated infrastructure that will bridge the gaps between academia and the commercial sector as a way to move technologies forward toward practical application. With more than 25 years of experience in research management, Lesley specializes in supporting multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary collaborations. She started her career as part of the team responsible for re-organizing the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, one of the National Cancer Institute’s cooperative clinical trials groups. She later became the senior program manager for awards and compliance at the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology. She then served as the operations and finance director for the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center. Lesley holds a master of science from Boston College and a bachelor of arts from McGill University.