Hope Hopkins serves as Vice President of Business Development for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Her specific focus is in working with pharmaceuticals, biotechs, medical device OEMs, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics organizations to grow the life sciences innovation economy in R.I.
Prior to joining the corporation, Hope’s professional career has been spent collecting consumer insights for advertising campaigns at BBDO in New York as a brand strategist and eventually for generating user needs for product development. She worked most recently at Ximedica, a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of FDA-regulated medical products. In this role, she was a thought leader championing human-centered design and outsourced R&D models. In addition to her work with CommerceRI, Hope mentors start-up companies in the life sciences sector.
Hope holds a BA from the University of Denver and has completed graduate coursework in creative writing.