The Rady School Blog

  • Rady Executive Breakfast Series Recap: Tim Wollaeger, Sanderling Ventures

    April 28, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Tim Wollaeger recently spoke to Rady School students, faculty and staff at the Rady Executive Breakfast Series about his three keys to success: adaptability to change, a focus on getting things done and team building and networking.

    Wollaeger, Managing Director Emeritus at Sanderling Ventures, has over 40 years of experience in the medical products and biotechnology fields in both corporate management and venture capital.

    In his advice to current students and aspiring entrepreneurs, Wollaeger highlighted the importance of an adaptability to change.
    “You will be working on things that don’t currently exist,” said Wollaeger.

    In addition, Wollaeger said that a focus on getting things done will give individuals an advantage in the job market and make them valuable team members. He also emphasized the importance of building and maintaining a strong team and network, citing the individuals who have moved with him throughout his career.

    He began his career in the Navy, before receiving an MBA from Stanford Business School. Upon graduating, Wollaeger joined Baxter-Travenol and eventually became the General Manager of a foreign subsidiary in Mexico.

    From his experience restructuring the plant in Mexico, Wollaeger learned the importance of team building. He credits the team’s strong morale and cohesiveness for their ability to overcome the most challenging obstacles and go from losing money to becoming the most profitable subsidiary in just a few years.

    In 1983 Wollaeger joined Hybridtech, San Diego’s first biotechnology company, as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Hybridtech partnered with several other companies and individuals to cultivate the biotechnology community.

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    Wollaeger later became a founding General Partner of Biovest, a San Diego based Venture Capital Firm. One of the four companies he helped found at Biovest was Pyxis, a computer controlled cabinet to monitor and dispense drugs in hospitals. According to Wollaeger, although Pyxis would eventually become an extremely profitable company with a widespread presence in health care, the company sold just twelve units in the first 3 years. It grew into a public company with more than 1,500 employees and in 1996 was acquired by Cardinal Health in a corporate buyout that was just short of $1 billion.


    Aleena Karamally is a student writer for the Rady School of Management and a sophomore at UC San Diego. She is a Human Development major and a member of the UC San Diego Equestrian Team.

  • Allie Lieberman (Ph.D. ‘19) receives Interdisciplinary Research Award

    April 21, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    Rady School of Management Ph.D. student Alicea Lieberman was recently honored at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards, presented by the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association. She was nominated by her department for her innovative interdisciplinary research in increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among the underserved.
  • Rady student veterans explore career opportunities at Veteran Connections event

    April 14, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Student veterans discussed career transitions and job opportunities at a networking event hosted by the Rady School in conjunction with Rady Veterans Club, UC San Diego Career Services Center, UC San Diego Student Veterans Organization and Northrup Grumman last week.
  • StartR Demo Day Celebrated Graduating Fall 2015 Teams

    April 7, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    On March 30th, four teams from the Fall 2015 StartR class pitched their companies to an audience of Rady School students, alumni and staff, as well as local industry experts and investors at StartR Demo Day.
  • Roundup: Entrepreneur Track Lab to Market (L2M) MBA Startup Company Profiles

    March 24, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    This month, full-time and part-time MBA students in the entrepreneur track formally pitched their companies to a panel of experts, consisting of two faculty members and three alumni, who gave them feedback on their ideas. Here is our roundup of each of the teams.
  • Rady Careers' Top 5 LinkedIn Tips for MBA Students and Alumni

    March 18, 2016
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Director of Rady School Career Connections, Terra Saltzman-Baker, shares her top five tips to ensure that you are making the most of your LinkedIn profile and maximizing your resources.
  • Rady Warren Buffett Trip 2016 - Life Changing and Unforgettable

    March 10, 2016
    by Samantha Bishop

    I knew that Rady would open many doors for me, but I could never have dreamed that it would open a door for me to get the opportunity to meet a legend like Warren Buffett.
  • The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and Jacobs School of Engineering Partner on Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellowship

    March 9, 2016
    by Melinda Battenberg

    The program will give engineering students a solid understanding of business fundamentals and prepare them to apply their existing knowledge to a real project, while giving MBA student access to technologies with commercialization potential.
  • Professor Vish Krishnan Chosen to Lead a National WSJ Panel on "Leading Innovation"

    March 3, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    The CIO Network is an invitation-only event that brings together chief information and technology officers from the top companies around the world to discuss key challenges and opportunities for innovation for their organizations. Vish Krishnan is Endowed Chair Professor in the Innovation, Technology & Operations area and has been named Most Valuable Professor by our students in 2009 and 2012.
  • mystartupXX Accelerator 2016 Teams Announced

    March 3, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    The mystartupXX program is an accelerator emphasizing diversity in leadership teams for students and alumni from the Rady School and across the wider UC San Diego community.
  • Rady Bay Area Trek 2016 - Preparing for My Return Home

    February 25, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    As a San Francisco Bay Area native, I never imagined that I would travel 500 miles as part of a school trip to visit companies in my own neighborhood. But that’s exactly what I did last month. With the help of Rady Graduate Career Connections, I was able to enter the doors of small and big-name companies, giving me one of my most memorable and rewarding MBA experiences at the Rady School thus far.
  • 2016 MBA Bay AreaTrek Recap

    February 18, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    Hosted by Rady Graduate Career Connections, the trek provides Rady students the opportunity to learn about hiring procedures, meet executives face-to-face and network with Rady alumni at both small and big-name Bay Area companies that are driving innovation.
  • How My Rady School MBA Prepared Me to Produce a Movie

    January 28, 2016
    by Jing Hsu

    In the summer of 2014, I was offered an incredible opportunity to intern for Premier Oriental Pictures, a top film company in Beijing, China. I was extremely excited about the opportunity, but faced with one small problem: How does an MBA student with no artistic background contribute as an Assistant Story Developer/Producer?
  • Never Stop Starting Up - Andrew LeBlanc, MBA '15

    January 20, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    Andrew LeBlanc (MBA '15), Co-Founder and CEO of Genrix, discusses how the Rady School's Lab to Market capstone course series and StartR Accelerator helped him learn to become the entrepreneur his is today.
  • From MBA Capstone Project to Acquisition: A Rady Health-Tech Startup Success Story

    January 11, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    After completing medical school, Brad Pruitt (MBA ’11) became involved in the clinical trial world and sought an MBA at the Rady School to advance his career on the business side of medicine.
  • Rady School Research: Gift-Giving Taboos That Aren’t As Bad As You Think

    December 22, 2015
    by Elanor Williams and Mary Steffel

    Rady School Research: Gift-Giving Taboos That Aren’t As Bad As You Think
  • Rady School Research: The Key to Getting People to Donate to Charities

    December 14, 2015
    by Marta Serra-Garcia and James Andreoni

    Surprisingly, fundraisers may get more money by asking for a tentative pledge rather than a definite one.
  • Why Rady: Leveraging a FlexWeekend MBA to Disrupt Healthcare for Oncology Patients

    December 10, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Ali Kuraishy (FlexWeekend ’17) is a Product Manager in the Oncology Department at Illumina, a life science company in San Diego. After receiving a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkley and Ph.D.from UC Los Angeles, Kuraishy was looking for a program that would allow him to enhance his knowledge and skills without interfering with his work schedule.
  • Rady Alum Lada Rasochova Wins Local InnovateHER Competition for Startup Dermala

    December 9, 2015
    by San Diego Metopolitan magazine

    Dermala moves on to national competition sponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration and Microsoft on March 17 in Washington, D.C.
  • A Culture of Entrepreneurship - Opening Santa Barbara’s Non-Profit Ice Rink Facility

    December 9, 2015
    by Sarah Feldman

    Some of you may recall seeing my blog entry last year about the ground breaking of a new non-profit ice rink in Santa Barbara. This year we celebrated the Grand Opening of Ice in Paradise, the only ice rink for adaptive sports of its kind West of the Mississippi.