Bio

"There is no passion to be found playing small -- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
Nelson Mandela

Diana Robinson’s unique experience working with private, venture, non-profit, and academic entities have provided her with a rare depth of leadership insight, skills and knowledge.

Diana served as Executive Director, at Stanford University School of Medicine where her exceptional business acumen combined with her deep knowledge of consumer driven healthcare and integrative medicine brought unique skills and talents to the Stanford School of Medicine. “No one has a more comprehensive knowledge of whole health on an individual, systemic or business level than Diana Robinson”

Previously, Diana excelled as a venture investor, head of business development and leader of the consumer driven healthcare sector at the venture and private equity firm Aisling Capital.

Prior to entering the venture world, Diana was President of BioFlorida, responsible for promoting, supporting and growing the Bioscience industry throughout the state of Florida by advancing the commercialization of research, creating a favourable business and legislative environment and working with investors, private enterprise, government, academia and the financial and service sectors to further develop existing companies, launch start-up companies and attract new business to the state of Florida.

Before being recruited to BioFlorida, Diana gained extensive experience during her tenures as Vice President and Senior Vice President at: VentureOne; 3Fusion (venture funded start-ups); Leading Technical Computer Concepts and Advanstar Communications. In each company, she was responsible for leading the marketing, product development, communications, events, publications, creative services and investor relations departments and teams as well as launching new products/services and revamping existing offerings. She began her career at Honeywell, with a Top Security clearance working in underwater robotics and artificial intelligence.

Diana has a personal, as well as professional, interest and commitment to the integrative and consumer driven health sector. She began her PhD in psychoneuroimmunology, is certified in therapeutic applications of yoga for disease management and optimizing wellness, and was co-owner of a women's health facility focusing on the management of pain, chronic illness, stress and depression through integrative health programs. She is a frequent speaker and has presented at Johns Hopkins Annual CAM Conference, The Annual Health & Wellness Investor Conference and Astia among many others.

Among the boards she has served on are The Natural Dentist, BioFlorida, the Florida Research Consortium, the Business Forum, Florida's state capital formation and TEC Councils, SEBIO, the Executive Committee of the Council of State Bioscience Associations and Chair of the southeast states. She currently serves on the advisory board of Integrative Medicine at Duke University. She is past Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council, Institute of Health and Healing and past Vice President of regional Chapter of American Association of University Women.

Diana holds an MBA in international business from the University of San Francisco and a BA in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and has coursework toward her PhD.

Diana excels at building products, processes, revenues, profit, teams, boards and partners in an optimizing holistic* strategy. “Senior positions in start-up, venture, non-profit and academic environments have provided Diana Robinson with a rarely encountered and extremely valuable depth of leadership insight, skill and knowledge.” Diana has a rare understanding that business entities are inextricably influenced and outcomes impacted by each of their individual elements.

* “Holism (from ???? holos, a Greek word meaning all, whole, entire, total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave. The term holism was coined in 1926 by Jan Smuts.”

"The whole is different from the sum of its parts" Aristotle in Metaphysics