Karin Eastham serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a nonprofit corporation engaged in basic biomedical research and home to three research centers: An NCI-designated Cancer Center, the Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience and Aging Research, and the Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center.
The Burnham institute has approximately 740 employees and an annual operating budget of about $90 million. It is based in La Jolla, which Eastham believes is a unique center of excellence for biotech and pharmaceutical work. The breadth of different industries working in La Jolla, a very strong job market and excellent infrastructure has made it a popular area for the high-tech industry.
Eastham has more than 25 years' experience in financial and operations management, primarily in life sciences companies. She also serves on the boards of directors of Tercica Inc., Illumina Inc, SGX Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cyntellect Inc. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.