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Sabrina Martucci Johnson

Sabrina Martucci Johnson is a life sciences executive with a record of achievement in capital formation, business development, and commercial leadership. Highlights from her 20+ year career include transforming a small cap stock from retail to institutional ownership and raising nearly $170M in the process, a business development deal sheet comprised of in-license, out-license, and M&A, and executing 6 successful product launches. Sabrina’s unique background spans finance, global marketing, and bench research experience.

She currently provides executive advisory services – COO, CFO, Investor Relations, M&A, Business Development, Marketing & Sales – to clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries. Clients include: HUYA Bioscience International (acting COO, CFO); Kyalin Biosciences, Inc. (Secretary, Treasurer); WomanCare Global (finance strategy); Ridge Diagnostics (business development); 1798 Consultants (marketing strategy); Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (international brand strategy); Algynomics, Inc. (business plan, funding strategy)

Sabrina was a key member of the executive management team at Cypress Bioscience, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ:CYPB) for 13 years, and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. At Cypress she executed mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic partnerships, and capital raises (~$170 million), managed investor relations and commercial organizations, launched 4 products, and oversaw competitive analysis and market opportunity assessment and planning. Most recently she was part of the transaction team that successfully navigated a hostile takeover to negotiate a 160% premium for Cypress shareholders with a deal valued over $250 million.

Sabrina previously held marketing and sales positions with Advanced Tissue Sciences, where she was responsible for global product positioning for 2 product launches, including development of promotional materials, strategic marketplace analysis reports and technical product support, and spent a year in technical sales at Clonetics Corporation. She began her career in the biotechnology industry as a research scientist with Baxter Healthcare, Hyland Division, working on their recombinant factor VIII program.

In the community Sabrina is dedicated to organizations that serve women and girls and promote education. She serves on the YWCA of San Diego County Board of Directors as Treasurer, Tulane University School of Science & Engineering Board of Advisors, University California San Diego Librarian’s Advisory Board, and Project Concern International Audit Committee. She is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the CONNECT Springboard program for entrepreneurs, and has been a Career Horizons Mentor for Just in Time for Foster Youth. Sabrina is on the leadership team of Women Give San Diego, which funds non-profit organizations serving women & girls, and is an active member of Athena, which promotes professional growth for women executives.

Sabrina has an MIM from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) with honors, a MSc. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of London, and a BSc. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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Sabrina Johnson

Owner – Sabrina Johnson Consulting

Executive Director –
Cypress Bioscience, Inc.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu