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About Biocom Institute


Biocom Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports life science innovation and success in our local and state-wide community by strengthening the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. For nearly ten years, Biocom Institute has ensured the sustainability of this vital industry and inspired the STEM leaders of tomorrow by providing programs ranging from K-12 student and teacher STEM outreach, to innovative industry-vetted entrepreneurial and workforce development programs, to key veteran focused mentorship programs.


The mission of Biocom Institute is to advance life science innovation and success in California through development of the industry’s most valuable current and future assets, people.

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Leandra Boysen
Marketing and Special Projects Associate
Leandra Boysen
Marketing and Special Projects Associate

Leandra is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing marketing and communication channels for Biocom Institute. She also assists in the management of the Institute’s events and programs.

Leandra brings to Biocom experience in sales and marketing in the sports industry. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Personal Interests:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Hockey
  • Family time
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Silvana DelPiccolo
Senior Manager of Philanthropy and Corporate Giving
Silvana DelPiccolo
Senior Manager of Philanthropy and Corporate Giving — San Diego

Silvana is responsible for the development and sustainability of the Biocom Institute through engaged philanthropy and corporate giving.

She brings to Biocom a background in nonprofit development and community relations and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

Personal Interests:

  • Running
  • Traveling
  • Playing at the beach
Brandon Leck
Grant Writer and Development Specialist
Brandon Leck
Grant Writer and Development Specialist — San Diego

Brandon is responsible for grant writing, research and development for the Biocom Institute’s programs and outreach initiatives.

His background is in corporate and foundation grant writing, fundraising and development. He obtained a degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University.

Personal Interests:

  • The work of David Simon,
  • David Halberstam,
  • and Larry David.
Karen Overklift
Education and Industry Outreach Manager
Karen Overklift
Education and Industry Outreach Manager — San Diego

Karen joins the Biocom Institute team with a wealth of skills and experience within the San Diego non-profit arena. Most recently with the San Diego Workforce Partnership; her career has included positions in community outreach, HR management and operations management for various local non-profit organizations.

Karen has a love for educational programs and in particular is very passionate about employer outreach and connecting students to internships.

Personal Interests:

  • Watching her daughter play water polo
  • Volunteering
  • Riding her quad in the desert
Sara Pagano
Managing Director
Sara Pagano
Managing Director — San Diego

Sara is responsible for the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering and K-12 STEM outreach initiatives with the goal of empowering the next generation of innovators and future talent of San Diego.
Sara has over a decade of non-profit and event experience, including executive leadership positions with USO San Diego and Discover Pacific Beach – Business Improvement District. She graduated from Westfield State College with a Bachelor of Science in Education and also holds a certificate from University of San Diego’s Event Management Program.

Personal Interests:

  • Chasing her toddler
  • Her best furry friend Miles
  • Getting outdoors


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