The Rady DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary-Athena FlexMBA Scholarship is awarded to an individual who plays a key role in managing or creating an emerging small- to medium-sized science or technology-driven company in the San Diego region, and who shows outstanding personal leadership, intellect and integrity.
The recipient must also demonstrate commitment to the technology sector and to the San Diego community. The recipient is selected by a committee comprised of representatives from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Athena and the UCSD Rady School of Management.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Hui Cai, Ph.D.
Cai received her B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Peking University, People’s Republic of China. She moved to the United States and pursued her doctorate in the laboratories of Professor Dale Boger at The Scripps Research Institute.
Upon attaining her Ph.D. in 1999, she began her career in the pharmaceutical industry at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development in La Jolla.
Cai is a senior scientist working on small molecule drug discovery programs targeting diseases of the immune system. She is a co-author of more than 20 published research papers and is a co-inventor on seven issued U.S. patents and patent applications.
Cai currently serves as a member of the city of San Diego Science and Technology Commission, president of San Diego Chinese Association, a board member and vice president of Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals Assoc-iation, and a board member of the American Chemical Society, San Diego Section.
Cai has also played leadership roles in initiating and organizing the Annual Symposium on Biopharmaceuticals in San Diego, a program that strives to create connections between academia and industry.
The scholarship, which covers tuition for the two-year FlexMBA program, is sponsored in partnership with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, a national law firm with San Diego offices; the UCSD Rady School of Management; and Athena, a UCSD-sponsored organization for executive women in the San Diego technology, life sciences and business communities.