Robert Drape, CEO

Robert Drape serves as WiCell’s CEO. His vision is to strengthen WiCell’s support of developing stem cell technologies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the global stem cell research community to enhance basic research, improve diagnostics, and promote the translation of stem cell technology to address unmet clinical needs.  Robert previously served as WiCell’s Director of Operations and Project Management Director, joining the organization in 2007.  His prior experience includes roles in senior management and project management in organizations concentrating on vaccine development, clinical research and mammalian cell line production.  Robert earned an Executive MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Augustana College (IL).    

In addition to Robert's duties at WiCell he also serves on the following committee's and boards: 

  • Waisman Biomanufacturing Advisory Board
  • UW Madison Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center Executive Committee
  • UW Madison Campus Research Cores Advisory Committee
  • Forward BIOLABS Co-founder and Board Member
  • National Industry and Workforce Advisory Council (NAC) for the InnovATEBIO National Biotechnology Education Center

“I really enjoy the people, the culture, and the shared passion for what we do at WiCell." 

 Fun Fact:  Robert has played the violin since the age of 4.