ScheDUle AN Appointement

Jeni Beh Janci, PhD

Director, UCSF Blackstone LaunchPad + Techstars, and Program Director, Catalyst Program

Jeni began her life science career in the start-up biotech industry before earning her Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. She returned to industry, where she consulted to pharmaceutical companies employing Quantitative Systems Phamacology. She joined UCSF Catalyst Program in 2019, where she manages the diagnostics, digital health, and biotools tracks. She is excited to help advance UCSF’s world-class research to positively impact people’s health and lives, all while supporting UCSF faculty, students, and trainees on their entrepreneurship journey. 

Charles Hart, PhD

Director, Catalyst Program

From 2004 to 2017 Charles was at Threshold Pharmaceuticals and responsible for both in vitro and in vivo preclinical translational studies. He was also project leader for the global clinical development program for the hypoxia-targeted anticancer drug evofosfamide (TH-302), a partnership with Merck KGaA. Prior to joining Threshold, Charles was at Galileo Pharmaceuticals (2001 to 2004), Signature Bioscience (2000 to 2001), and Affymax (1990 to 2000). Charles received his PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Yale University in 1987, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Strasbourg, France in 1990.

Nate Prorok, MHA

Associate Director, UCSF Blackstone LaunchPad + Techstars, and Senior Program Manager, Catalyst Program

Nate brings a diverse and wide ranging skill set and experience to the Catalyst Program team. After undergraduate studies in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Loyola Marymount University, Nathaniel worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps - International in Tacna, Perú, with local communities to develop sustainable solutions to the problems they faced in health and education. Afterwards, Nathaniel earned a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration from Marquette University and worked with Children’s Hospital Wisconsin to develop a medical home for youth in foster care. Prior to joining the Catalyst Program, Nathaniel completed a fellowship at the University of Utah Health where he worked on various population health, wellness, and social determinants of health projects.