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Senior Leadership Insights: A Conversation with Darryl Webster, J.D., Senior Executive and Advisor to Biotech and Life Sciences Companies

Thursday, May 26, 2022
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Darryl WebsterDarryl Webster ‘82, J.D. provides strategic guidance and operational expertise to biotech companies and their boards, leveraging over 30 years of global corporate experience across human, animal and plant applications. Currently an advisor to TrAMPoline Pharma, Inc., Mr. Webster was previously the senior vice president of Intellectual Property Counsel at Precigen, Inc. (formerly Intrexon Corporation), where he served as an officer and part of the management team during the company’s IPO. During his ten-year tenure, the firm employed diverse, engineered DNA systems to improve performance in human therapeutics, protein production, industrial enzymes, and Agbio, and held interests in therapeutics and therapeutics platforms. Prior to Precigen, Mr. Webster was in-house patent counsel for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer) as well as for AlliedSignal, Inc (now Honeywell). At these organizations, he worked on products such as Enbrel®, Infuse® Bone Graft, CFC replacements, and pneumococcal vaccines. A member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, he received a J.D. from the University of Maryland and bachelor’s degrees in economics and chemistry from Duke University as a Reginaldo Howard scholar.

Mr. Webster will be joined in conversation by Ellery Jones, Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering and Senior OTC fellow with Duke’s Office of Technology and Commercialization. The discussion will focus on four key questions:

  1. Tell us about your background. What was your path to your current role?
  2. You’ve worked in a number of very different industries, from AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International) and Wyeth to Precigen, on new technologies that span electrofluorinating agents, bone graft, and herbicide-resistant crops, as well as in the biopharmaceutical industry. What did those experiences have in common when it came to your role?
  3. In your work, you’ve encountered many scientists and engineers with graduate training. In your experience, beyond strong research skills, what makes those colleagues effective in an industry setting?   
  4. What can students who would like to work in this field (or explore it further) do to prepare?

Following the key questions, there will be time for Q&A with the audience. The first three students who ask questions on audio/video can receive $15 Duke Dining gift cards.

A Zoom link will be shared with confirmed registrants. The Senior Leadership Insights series is sponsored by The Graduate School. The conversation is open to Duke faculty, students, alumni, postdocs, and staff. Questions? Contact Dr. Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Leadership
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Careers Beyond Academia
  • Senior Leadership Insights