Sunny La Jolla suits science and business leader Audrey Keane
Audrey Keane was born in Columbus, Ohio and studied biology and chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. After working for Diamond Shamrock and Genzyme during its start-up phase, she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and earned an M.B.A. Keane has lived in La Jolla for 25 years, working for a variety of biotechnology companies, including Quidel, Telios, Sequana Therapeutics, Genset, and Genteon. Highlights include negotiating corporate partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, participating in IPOs, and the international experience of working with Paris-based Genset. During recent years, she has been involved in volunteer activities with the local schools, was a Girl Scout Leader, and is currently chair of the La Jolla Shores Association.
What brought you to La Jolla?
When I was looking for a job in the biotechnology industry, La Jolla was one of the premier centers for start-ups. After spending my entire life in cold climates, La Jolla seemed like paradise.
What makes this area special to you?
It’s the ocean, beaches, and Torrey Pines running trails.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
It would be great if we could eliminate leaf blowers. They are outrageously noisy and most people just use them to spread dirt to the street or their neighbor’s yards.
Who or what inspires you?
My father. He is a retired aerospace engineer, who in spite of breaking his back 10 years ago, continues to live a full life. He exercises daily, volunteers for the animal shelter, and sends me a joke every day.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
I would join Jon Stewart, Ayn Rand, Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, Robin Williams, Mike Myers and Bill Cosby around the table.
What are your five favorite movies of all time?
“African Queen,” “Babe,” “Shrek,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Overboard.”
What is your most-prized possession?
My family photographs.
What do you do for fun?
I run! I ran my first marathon in 2010. I also enjoy sailing, surfing and reading.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is your philosophy of life?
Every day is a chance to create a new future.
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