2013 Recipient

The 2013 recipient is:

Dr. Ginger Johnson 1981 Ginger’s background spans both the science and business of healthcare, ranging from basic scientific research to private equity investment, corporate development and strategic consulting. Ginger is currently Vice President of a high profile strategic healthcare consulting firm in New Jersey, Defined Health, where she runs the Central Nervous System practice. Ginger has published 14 peer-reviewed articles, presented over 20 abstracts, has been issued three patents and speaks regularly on novel drug development strategies. Previously, as the Director of Life Science Research at Chase Capital Partners (now JP Morgan Partners), a $25 billion global private equity firm in New York City, Ginger's research and investment activities focused on high growth opportunities in new and emerging areas within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Ginger was Associate Director of the Center for Biotechnology at Northwestern University, where she helped to develop an innovative graduate program that combines the science and business of biotechnology. She spent 8 years in basic and applied scientific research, primarily in the field of Alzheimer's Disease, at the National Institute of Mental Health and at Molecular Geriatrics, a start-up biotechnology company. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from University of Tennessee, a Doctorate in Genetics from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has completed graduate studies at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Ginger is actively involved in her local community and is on the Board of Directors of The Optimist Club of Westfield, NJ, a not-for-profit service club that benefits youth and community. Ginger is married to Lee McDonald, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. They have two children, Collin McDonald (16 yrs old) and Molly McDonald (11 yrs old).