As Director of Operations for the Atlanta expansion, Suna is establishing and leading Portal Innovation’s platform in Atlanta at Science Square Labs. Previously, Suna held clinical R&D roles in pharma, across both early and late-stage biologics development. She grew her specialty in pharmacovigilance (safety & efficacy) and immunogenicity assay development—sourcing, developing, and integrating novel diagnostic technologies and robotics platforms—before moving into the early venture space. She has since served as a biomedical science consultant for early-stage startups, ultimately co-founding two VC-backed biotech and digital health startups. In addition to supporting diverse founders, Suna remains an active advocate for youth STEM outreach, having established programs in Greater Philadelphia, Washington DC, and a girls' science program in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Suna intends to continue supporting and building the pipeline of incredible life science founders and teams capable of bringing life-saving solutions to patients and scaling innovative biomedical and healthcare ventures that will feed into the economic development in Atlanta and beyond.
Suna received her bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from George Washington University, her masters in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Organization and New Venture Management and Strategy Operations from Emory University.