Dr. Shadi is a biochemist, neuroscientist, strategist, entrepreneur, international speaker, and an expert in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship. She is the President, Founder and Managing Partner of management consulting firm Biotrends International™, Founder and Co-editor of online health and science education magazine “Biotrends.org”, and founder of health and science education focused non-profit foundation “Biotrends Foundation”. Dr. Shadi is also a faculty at University of Denver at Daniels College of Business, College of Engineering and Computer Science and The Women's College. She teaches classes on Global Health, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr. Shadi was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in Europe. She attended boarding schools in England and completed high school before moving to the U.S. She is Multilingual with fluency and familiarity with English, Farsi, Arabic, Urdu, Pashtu, and French.
Dr. Shadi and her team have worked extensively with international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, non-profits, academic institutions and multinational companies on projects in biotechnology, healthcare and global health. These projects have included strategy development, marketing and product placement both nationally and internationally, product development, technology transfer and commercialization, partnerships, fundraising, evaluation and feasibility assessment, country case studies, planning and management projects, diagnostics and testing, vaccine development, and innovations and new technologies.
Dr. Shadi has worked on projects with multinational companies and national and international organizations including Pfizer, Genentech, Harvard Medical School, National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Home Depot Foundation, Christopher Reeve Foundation, ALS Foundation. Her clients have included the Boeing Co., Thomson Reuters, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Danforth Center for Plant Sciences, and several Biotechnology companies. Dr. Farhangrazi has founded a number of life sciences and innovation companies including Nikkia Biosystems, a medical device and rapid diagnostics company and is currently an advisor and shareholder in several biotechnology and life sciences companies.
For her graduate work, she characterized a family of Peroxidases (proteins); for the first time named them "Acid Peroxidases" and characterized several enzymatic proteins for the first time. As a neuroscientist, she published one of the first works demonstrating the role of good cholesterol (HDL) in Alzheimer's disease and on lowering the toxicity of Beta-Amyloid in assays. Dr. Shadi has written over fifty scientific papers, articles and scientific presentations and frequently speaks nationally and internationally on science and business topics including science education, stem cell research, neurological diseases, innovation, entrepreneurship and biotechnology industry.
Dr. Shadi has given hundreds of talks across the world, and has been interviewed by many media outlets including the National Public Radio (NPR), St. Louis Post Dispatch, American Medical News, Nature magazine, the Daily Beast, Foxnews.com and several other radio and television stations. In addition, Dr. Shadi has interviewed several scientists and science activists for her "Conversation" series for Biotrends magazine. The list includes Congresswoman DeGette, as well as many NASA and life sciences scientists. Dr. Shadi continuously works on a number of projects globally including in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Dr. Shadi was formerly, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for the Study of Orphan Diseases (CSOD), Research Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery, faculty in the Center for the Study of Nervous System Injury, and the Science and Business Liaison for the Spinal Cord Injury Research and Rehabilitation Program, at Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Shadi holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and mathematics from Weber State University, a Masters degree in Biochemistry with focus in Immunology, and a PhD in Biochemistry with focus in Protein Design and engineering from the National Center for Design of Molecular Function, Utah State University, and an MBA from the Merage College of Business, University of California, Irvine. She completed postdoctoral fellowships and research training in neurosciences at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Shadi is dedicated to helping worldwide in providing health care, education and business innovation. Her work focuses on advising Global Health Programs, organizations and companies on global development and management.
Dr. Shadi works extensively in several countries in Africa. She works with clinics, hospitals, orphanages, and schools teaching HIV/AIDS prevention classes and workshops as well as working on science and math education projects. She has been an HIV/AIDS expert advisor to several organizations and companies. Dr. Shadi continues to work in Africa on projects focusing on reproductive health and childhood diseases and to improve lives for children and women
Dr. Shadi has extensive experience and knowledge of biotechnology and life sciences industry in Asia. As a technical advisor to the Boeing Company, the U.S. State Department, the USAID and several other companies and organizations, she has spent time in different parts of Asia evaluating and working with and helping companies with strategy development.
As a member of an advisory team working with USAID, and the Indian Government, working on projects related to HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, and childhood disease, she spent weeks in India closely studying and reviewing the work of over 20 Indian companies and organizations.
Dr. Farhangrazi dedicated her time when the nation was devastated by hurricane Katrina. Right after Katrina hit New Orleans she flew to Houston and worked at the headquarters offices at The Reliant Center. Duties there at the office included processing and finding housing for over 20,000 evacuees. She developed a more streamlined methodology to connect evacuees with missing family members. A year after Katrina she organized a group of business leaders, CEOs and presidents of companies taking them to New Orleans to build houses at the Musician Village
Biotrends International™ is expanding into Europe, Asia, and South America.
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION IN THE U.S.
Dr. Shadi expands her passion for teaching and the value of education by the development of Biotrends Foundation™. The significance of education in math, science, and engineering is priceless. Her passion to make these subjects become a primary focus in America is the reason behind the development of Biotrends Foundation™.
In July 2010, Dr. Shadi created a program called the "Innovate America" Project. The concept of Innovate America is to define a model in bringing non-profits, companies, universities, colleges and experts in many different areas in order to create a 21st century model for the creation of entrepreneurship and innovation. In a short time, over 30 partners from across 10 states region joined the project as partners. These include universities and colleges, technology incubators, companies and investment firms, and advisors from across the world.
As a faculty and Business and Science Liaison for the Spinal Cord Injury Section of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, she implemented several projects, submitted grants and donation requests and received funding for the programs. She worked closely with the several foundations including the Christopher Reeve Foundation (worked closely with the late actor Christopher Reeve and family while he was a patient in the program), The Home Depot Foundation, and the AL Foundations.
Dr. Shadi has extensive teaching experience in classes and workshops in global health, scientific and medical challenges in Global Health including HIV/AIDS, Reproductive health, Women's health, Child health, research methods, organizational behavior and business methodology, corporate responsibilities, teaching workshops in Africa. Her Global Health projects include evaluation and feasibility assessment, and country case studies. She has extensive knowledge of international organizations including USAID, WHO, Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, and PATH.
AWARDS and MEMBERSHIPS
Dr. Shadi received her U.S. residency through a special category "Scientist of Extraordinary Ability". She has been recognized in International Who's Who of professionals, Who's Who in Science and Engineering in the US, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of International Students in the US, Molecular Biology Research Award, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry "Teaching Assistant of the Year" award.
She is currently a member of National Association of Professional Women, Society for Neuroscience, the Protein Society, International Society for Stem Cell Research, American Association for Advancement of Science.
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