Matt Gardner is the founding principal of Innovation Counsellors, an advisory firm to the technology and life sciences communities.
has played a direct role in technology-led economic development and growth, from research stages to multinational partnerships in large organizations.
has provided cluster development advice and strategy from the Netherlands and Scotland to the Pacific Rim, in academic as well as well as commercial settings.
recent engagements have included the Bay Area Council, the Scottish life science association, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center
is engaged with innovative clients across the United States and around the world, from his
recent engagement with The Dar Group's
Perkins + Will subsidiary, to his
past role as Managing Director of the Publicis Groupe's
MSL divisional office in San Francisco.
While with MSL, Matt
served a diverse innovation clientele from Underwriters Laboratories to Ancestry.com to Novartis
His recent startup engagements include life science companies such as biomass-to-energy company Farmatic, Inc., and therapeutic company Bioxiness, as well as software and tools companies such as Jujama, as well as serving as a "fellow" (entrepreneur in residence) at the CommerceNet incubator on a big data startup.
Recently, Matt served as a Senior Vice President at TechAmerica.
In a prior role, he served as President and Chief Executive of BayBio, where he developed and led major new endeavors, notably the BayBioIMPACT initiative, the related "California Cures" campaign, the award-winning "Behind the Science of Life" initiative, and new collaborations with California's top academic institutions to showcase their available technologies.
Mr. Gardner has had the privilege of serving as founder of the life science advisory boards to two members of Congress.
He has been active in BIO, the Council of State Bioscience Associations, the State Medical Technology Alliance, and the Global Bioscience Partnership over more than a decade.
He earned his BA in Political Science and his MA in History, both from the University of San Diego."