Susan M. Baxter has served as executive director of the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) since March 2007. She manages CSU I-Corps, a National Science Foundation-supported entrepreneurship program for nascent academic entrepreneurs. Baxter also serves on the board at BIOCOM Institute, the nonprofit arm of the biotechnology industry association in southern California. Before joining CSUPERB, Baxter served as chief operating officer at the National Center for Genome Resources, where she managed a portfolio of state- and federally-funded projects providing software for collaborative genome and population genetics research teams. Previously Baxter was vice president of research and genome analysis at GeneFormatics, an early-stage, venture-backed biotechnology company, and a tenured researcher at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center. Baxter began her career at Monsanto Agricultural Company where she received an Achievement Award for product development. Baxter received her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia.