Michael A. Alvarez is the founder and serves as Director of the Stanford University School of Medicine Career Center, established in 2004. Since its inception, he has successfully built relationships with external organizations across a wide spectrum, including early stage biotechnology, big pharma, medical device, legal, and the banking and finance sectors, to facilitate commercialization and new venture formation, and to support the professional development of clinicians and researchers. His professional experience of more than 17 years spans both business and academic settings, including coaching NCAA Division I wrestling and teaching at Boston College, management consulting as part of Accenture’s NYC practice, founding and directing the UCSF Career Center – introducing innovative entrepreneurship and business curricula – and providing independent consultation to life science companies in the areas of organizational design and business strategy. He is widely sought for input and expert opinion on labor market trends, technology commercialization, and medical science training, and has written, reviewed, and published many articles on these topics in Nature and other major media venues. Michael holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College, a certificate in Intellectual Property Management from the University of Washington, and studied business at IESE in Barcelona, Spain. He is a member and vice chairman of the board for Bay Bio and the Bay Bio Institute respectively.