Your Name: Aline M. Betancourt

Business Name: Wibi+Works, a biotechnology company developing stem cell-based therapeutics

Type of Business: Medical

Business Location: San Diego, California, United States

Twitter: @wibiworks
Facebook: wibiworks
Pinterest: wibiworks

Reason for starting
Wibi+Works, LLC was started to advance spin-off technology from my academic biomedical research with the goal of quickly translating lab discoveries to the clinic.

How do you define success?
Carrying out innovative ideas from inception to the point of favorably impacting human health while not forgetting along the way to be a positive role model for those around me.

Biggest Success
Balancing career and family life.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
Growing my stem cell therapy business. I am trying to learn as much as possible about entrepeneurship with all the tools available online, in my incubator space, and in meetings attended. I am also trying to be patient while I slowly reach proof of concept milestones with non-dilutive funds before agressively pursuing other capital sources.

Who is your most important role model?
The many unrelenting female scientists that came before me that persisted in their science even without getting compensation or credit for their work.