Laura Philips | AIChE

Laura Philips

Founder, President, & CEO
Spheryx, Inc.

Dr. Philips is the co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spheryx, Inc. a technology company developing holographic microscopic techniques for a broad range of applications in areas including the pharmaceutical industry, semiconductor manufacturing, cosmetics, consumer products, quality assurance and process control. She serves on the boards of the Guttmacher Institute, a research institute focused on women’s health, where she is Treasurer; The POGIL Project, a non-profit organization with an innovative approach to STEM education backed by NSF and used in over 1000 colleges and universities across the country, and DiamiR, an innovative diagnostics company focused on neurodegenerative disease.

Prior to co-founding Spheryx in 2014, Dr. Philips served on the Board of Directors of WellGen, Inc. starting in 2009, and was appointed CEO in May 2012.  From 2007-2016 she served on the Board of Directors of Delcath Systems (NASDAQ:DCTH) a biotech company developing chemosaturation treatments for cancer. From 2010-2011 Dr. Philips served on the board of directors of China Yongxin Phamaceuticals (OTCBB:CYXN) a leading retailer, wholesaler and distributor of pharmaceuticals and health and beauty products in Northeastern China. From 2003-06 Dr. Philips was COO/CFO at NexGenix Pharmaceuticals. She held a variety of executive positions at Corning, Incorporated, from 1997-2002.  Dr. Philips served in the Clinton Administration both as a Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as a Presidential Appointee in the position of Senior Policy Advisor to Sec. Ronald Brown in the Dept. of Commerce. Dr. Philips was on the Faculty of Cornell University in the Dept of Chemistry from 1987-1993. She was an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Cornell University.