Thursday, November 30, 2023
12 pm – 1 pm
Dr. Marquicia Pierce is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Ruby Leaf Media, a science media and
communications company. Leading a dedicated team, she empowers tech accelerators and investors to
support their portfolio companies in the STEM fields.
She was an early member of a Michigan State University lab tech venture, Hibiskus Biopharma, that
matured into a successful acquisition. Driven by a passion for bridging the gap between science and
business, she has consulted over 100 science professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs, guiding them
through their startup journeys. She has helped these companies secure over $6 million in non-dilutive
funding by translating their technological narratives into compelling business stories.
Dr. Pierce holds a PhD in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Engineering Management from Vanderbilt
University, complemented by an MBA from Northwood University. She kickstarted her academic journey
with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.