San Diego, CA (PressExposure) January 08, 2008 -- Cook & Schmid, a San Diego public relations, advertising and marketing agency with extensive experience in biotechnology, today announced that Debra Robertson, Ph.D., will serve as the agency's director of science strategy.
"Cook & Schmid has already distinguished itself with our strong science writers and award winning designers. But adding Debbie gives our team a depth of understanding that is tough to rival in our region," said Rick Cook, Cook & Schmid partner. "There is simply no substitute for having a Ph.D. on the team who has worked as both a bench scientist and a director with local biotechnology companies and research institutions."
Robertson's expertise lies in the strategic assessment of technologies and products for startup, high growth and established research, commercial and hospital environments. As an independent biotechnology analyst, she is experienced at positioning commercial technology and products within the ultra-competitive biotech industry. Robertson will continue her practice counseling clients on IP issues.
Robertson has logged more than 15 years work in antibody development, enzyme and cytokine development, and protein and genomic engineering. Her experience includes licensing, strategic planning and early-stage fund-raising as a former director of intellectual property for several biotechnology companies.
In addition to her scientific and business background, Robertson is especially skilled at effectively communicating detailed scientific principles to the non-scientific community, including investors, analysts and the media. She has been a contributing writer to Nature Biotechnology for more than a dozen years.
In 2003 she was recognized as the San Diego Business Journal's "outstanding woman in business." Robertson has a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego.