Stephen J. Williams


Based in Los Angeles, CA, Steve Williams, Ph.D., is a Partner at Catalyst Advisors. He has more than 30 years of life sciences experience, serving in leadership roles at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Prior to joining Catalyst Advisors, Steve served as the President and Chief Business Officer of a global life sciences recruiting firm. Previously, Steve held positions at both pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and led discovery biology and pre-clinical development of Cardiolite® and Neurolite® at DuPont and DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals. He also held leadership positions in line marketing, strategic product planning and business development. Earlier, Steve was a Medical Director in new product planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb and served as a key member of the management team that executed a successful IPO at Progenitor, a biotechnology company.

Steve earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Duke University.

Steve is member of the Graduate School Board of Visitors at Duke University and a named contributor to the biology department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On most weekends, you can find Steve battling his wife on the tennis court.

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