Elona Baum is Managing Director of DEFTA Partners and has 20 years of biotech and regenerative medicine management experience. Prior to joining DEFTA Partners, Ms. Baum served as a senior executive (General Counsel & VP Business Development) for five years at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (“CIRM”). During her tenure, CIRM invested nearly $1 billion in regenerative medicine programs, created a $40 million iPSC bank and launched annual roundtable meetings with FDA. Prior to joining CIRM, Ms. Baum held senior positions in the legal and regulatory departments at Genentech Inc. for over a 13 year span. Ms. Baum received her BA in Economics from the University of California (Cum Laude) and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law (Magna Cum Laude). She served as an extern for Justice John A. Arguelles, California Supreme Court. Ms. Baum is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is an active mentor with Enterprise Futures Network.