Lisa Johnson is CEO of BIOForward. She served 3.5 years as WEDC's vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation. Before joining WEDC, Johnson worked in the biotech industry for 22 years. She held executive positions at Novagen Inc. and EMD Biosciences Inc., the North American life sciences division for Merck KGaA. She also, as chief business officer, raised equity funding for Semba Biosciences, a life sciences instrumentation company.