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About the Author

Katherine Andersen serves as head of US Life Science and Healthcare at Silicon Valley Bank, which includes management of our accelerator/growth, corporate banking, sponsor finance & institutional leveraged finance teams. She also sits on the Board of Directors for SVB's Joint Venture in China, SPD Silicon Valley Bank. Prior to SVB, Katherine was a senior vice president for Wells Fargo Bank leading the life sciences business development and relationship management efforts in the Northeast. Before that, she was a director at Wells Fargo Capital Finance focused on front-end business development and underwriting of structured loans across various industries. Prior to Wells, she held various positions across mergers and acquisitions, finance, equity derivatives, audit, and management while at Affiliated Managers Group, Merrill Lynch, GE Corporate Audit Staff and GE Capital.

Katherine has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Virginia Tech. She has also completed Dartmouth’s Tuck Executive Leadership and Strategic Impact Program, Wells Fargo’s Transformational Leadership Program, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the GE Capital Financial Management Program.

Away from work, Katherine serves on the Board of Directors for WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology), member of CEOs Against Cancer, an American Cancer Society program, and as Chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Corporate Council. She also enjoys endurance sports, traveling with her family, and baking epic birthday cakes for her three kids.