Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD of University of Michigan Joins MichBio Board of Directors

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MichBio welcomes Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan to its Board of Directors. Dr. Eniola-Adefeso was appointed to complete a term expiring in December 2022.

The Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship was awarded to an inaugural group of nine University of Michigan professors, including Dr. Eniola-Adefeso, in September 2019. The designation was recently created to recognize senior faculty who have shown a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, or service and engagement.

In addition to her role as Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Dr. Eniola-Adefeso also holds joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science & Engineering and serves on the steering committee of the UM Biointerfaces Institute. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and served two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine before coming to Michigan.

As a champion for women and underrepresented minority students, Dr. Eniola-Adefeso served as co-chair of the NextProf program and founded the NextProf Pathfinder program. As graduate chair of chemical engineering, she was instrumental in recruiting a class consisting of 44 percent women and 26 percent underrepresented minorities, the most diverse Ph.D. class in the history of the department.

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso is a co-founder of Asalyxa Bio. Asalyxa Bio is a recently-founded company making progress on a treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), including the variety found in COVID-19 patients.

The company’s lead program is ASX-100, a technology that delivers an anti-inflammatory agent directly to overreactive neutrophils. The arrival of ASX-100 reduces the activity of these immune cells and minimizes harm to the body from the immune overreaction that triggers what’s known as a “cytokine storm.”

“I am very happy to welcome Dr. Eniola-Adefeso to the Board,” says Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO of MichBio. “As a leader in biomedical research and a constant champion for diversity and inclusion, I am confident that she will provide valuable strategic vision that will guide MichBio as we continue to drive bio-industry growth into the future.”

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso becomes part of a seventeen-member Board that in late June 2020, elected Ken Massey, PhD, Director of Venture Development at Wayne State University as Chair, and Kevin McLeod, CEO of C2Dx as Vice Chair. Robert Donofrio, PhD, Vice President of Food Safety R&D at Neogen and Sandra Pennell, Controller at Vericel, were elected into non-voting Officer roles as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. For the full list of Board members visit

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MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan’s biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include bioscience companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. For

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Govini CEO Tara Murphy Dougherty Joins National Defense University Foundation’s Board of Directors

The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation has announced the appointment of Tara Murphy Dougherty to its board of directors. Ms. Murphy Dougherty’s extensive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors will enhance the Foundation’s ongoing support of NDU, the nation’s preeminent education institution for advanced national security strategy and leadership development. As a member of the NDU Foundation Board, she will serve on the Development Committee with a focus on increasing the Foundation’s overall level of partnership, programmatic, and resource support to the esteemed university.

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“We are proud to welcome Tara Murphy Dougherty to our Board of Directors,” said NDU Foundation Chairman of the Board, Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN (Ret.). “Tara’s national security expertise, combined with a keen understanding of the emerging technologies and capabilities that will be essential to NDU’s future national security leaders, make her a powerful and transformative addition to our Board.”

“Having been part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and now as CEO of Govini, an innovative data science company, Tara understands the opportunities and challenges NDU faces to accelerate cooperation and integration with the private sector on matters critical to national security,” stated James Schmeling J.D., President & CEO of the National Defense University Foundation. “We look forward to working with her as our newest Member of the NDU Foundation Board of Directors.”

Ms. Murphy Dougherty has held leadership positions in technology across industry, government, and non-profit sectors, including at Palantir Technologies and serving as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“NDU Foundation’s vision and values are inspiring. Bringing together key defense leaders to create cutting-edge learning experiences is a critical component of strengthening our country’s national security goals,” commented Ms. Murphy Dougherty. “I look forward to collaborating with such an accomplished team.”

In addition to Rear Admiral Manazir, NDU Foundation’s board of directors includes defense leaders such as Mr. Robert Spring, Esq., and Lt. General William J. Bender (Ret.) USAF.

About Govini

Govini is a decision science company whose mission is to advance U.S. competitiveness through dynamic data and machine learning.

Govini’s unique dataset and decision science platform are utilized at scale across the OSD, Joint Staff, military departments, and defense agencies to help implement core tenets of the National Defense Strategy. With Govini, DoD’s data scientists and analysts solve challenges pertaining to strategic portfolio analysis, resource analysis, industrial base assessments, science and technology surveillance, and supply chain analysis. These capabilities enable defense leaders to achieve superior innovation and modernization outcomes on shorter timelines and at a lower cost than traditional methods.

Govini has offices in Arlington, Virginia, San Francisco, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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