Jeanne Ambruster founded the Avenues Company in 2001 and has served as CEO for over
twenty years. She works with clients to successfully translate innovative medical
technologies from the laboratory to clinical adoption. Avenues' areas of therapeutic
focus include tissue regeneration, wound healing, and inflammation. Avenues has extensive
experience partnering with research organizations, healthcare professionals, and industry
to build demand for innovations in these categories.
Jeanne earned her BA degree in biology from Pitzer College in 1979. After attending
UCSF Medical School for neuroscience, she began her career at W.L. Gore's Medical
Division in 1981, where she worked for 17 years building and leading a global regenerative
technologies business. Gore’s founders—Bill and Vieve—had an outsized influence on
Jeanne’s career, especially the importance of organizational culture in unleashing
human potential and innovation. John Giovale was Jeanne’s sponsor at Gore and his
wife, Ginger Gore Giovale, has been a dear friend and important mentor.
Jeanne has served on and chaired several for-profit boards in the medical technologies
space. She was also a proud member of the Westminster College Board of Directors for
16 years, serving with 4 Presidents and as chair from 2016-2021. During her first
3 years as chair, Jeanne supported Steve Morgan as he led the college masterfully
through a challenging transition. As chair, she presided over the selection, hiring,
and integration of Bethami Dobkin as Westminster College’s 19th President—her proudest
Presently, Jeanne serves on the Operating Committee for Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative
Medicine Resource Center (MPWRM RC) in partnership with NIH/NIDCR, which focuses on
dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
She is an “Expert in Residence” at the Harvard Innovation Lab and most recently joined
the Board of Advisors for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is also is a
founding board member of The McGuire Institute (iMc), which is a leading clinical
research organization generating “Real World” evidence in practice-based settings.
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