Canine Cancer Research Alliance
Dr. Mari Maeda
Dr. Maeda is the President of Canine Cancer Research Alliance, an organization that focuses on accelerating development of new cancer therapies for companion dogs, as well as applying what is learned from clinical trials involving dogs to improving therapies for people. In her former life, she served as the Director and the Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office at DARPA where she launched major initiatives in biotechnology and scientific research projects. From 2004 to 2012, she was a DARPA Program Manager. During that time, she led the development of the Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR) and TransApps systems, and successfully deployed both systems in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrating the feasibility of rapid, user-focused applications development to meet the evolving needs in the battlefield. She holds a PhD in physics from MIT, where she conducted research in quantum optics and quantum communications.