Robert Drape appointed executive director of WiCell Research Institute


MADISON, Wis. – Robert Drape has been named executive director of the WiCell Research Institute. In this position, Drape will direct all operations of the private, non-profit institute, a world leader in the area of human pluripotent stem cell distribution and characterization and supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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).

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.