As the Chief Commercialization Officer at Space Tango Jana leads the development of commercial
market creation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for biomedical and technology research and
manufacturing applications. Before transitioning to the Space industry, Jana worked for over two
decades with a variety of leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
She has a strong understanding of the needs and challenges faced by companies working within
a regulated industry and experience working in both emerging and established global markets
spanning a variety of healthcare indications. Spending the majority of her career in the San Diego
biotechnology community, Jana has an in-depth understanding of what drives innovation from
her work in San Diego and with major pharmaceutical and device companies across the globe. In
addition to a strong technical background, Jana has a career history marked by successful
identification of new business opportunities for private and public healthcare companies, along
with product development and global commercialization of some of the most innovative
healthcare technologies. She transitioned from pharma to lead life science research in
microgravity for three years as part of the team managing the International Space Station U.S.
National Laboratory (ISS-NL) prior to joining Space Tango to focus on building an emerging market
on orbit representing a new sector of the Space economy. Jana received her Bachelor’s degree
in biology/physics from Wells College, and her Master’s degree in biology from Harvard
Jana's fun facts...
- The name Space Tango represents the ‘dance’ involved with moving from an idea to a start-up and becoming a successful company.
- I’m currently working on my private pilot’s license – a goal for many years that I have time to pursue now that my twins have transitioned to college!