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Delaware Bio CEO Stimson leaves for Adesis COO role

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Helen Stimson, president and CEO of Delaware Bioscience Association

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Bioscience Association announced Thursday that its president and CEO, Helen Stimson, was departing June 1 in order to take the role of chief operating officer at Adesis Inc., a contract research organization based in New Castle.

Stimson has led Delaware Bio since 2017, when she took over for the association’s founder, Bob Dayton. During her tenure, Delaware Bio has grown its membership, added to its staff and opened the BioDome offices and meeting space, which has been extensively utilized by members and visitors.

The association also expanded access to the National BIO Business Solutions cost-savings programs and developed new opportunities for employee training programs and participation in business-focused networking events, including reinvigorating its BioBreakfast program, annual gala and Inspiring Women in STEM programs.

Stimson also oversaw increased advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels on public policy issues important to the life science community and established endowed scholarship programs at Delaware State University, Wesley College, Delaware Technical Community College and the University of Delaware.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the Bioscience Association for the last three years. The industry in Delaware is vibrant and growing with the addition of new startups, significant new product and service introductions and with the influx of cash from some large venture capital deals,” Stimson said in a statement in announcing her departure. “I look forward to contributing to the industry’s success by returning to my business roots and driving the growth of Adesis. I plan to be an active member of the Delaware Bioscience Association and will work to support a smooth transition to a new leader.”

Delaware Bio’s board of directors has established a search committee to replace Stimson and will conduct its search over the next few weeks. The committee will be led by board chairman Chris Yochim.

By Jacob Owens

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