Molly He

Venture Partner

Molly joined Foresite in 2017 as a Venture Partner, bringing more than fifteen years of experience in technology innovation and management for healthcare industries including therapeutics and genomics.

Previously, Molly was a senior director of scientific research at Illumina, responsible for Illumina’s global protein reagent innovation and improvements. Her work resulted in faster, longer, less expensive, and more effective sequencing. She sponsored initiatives at Illumina that encompassed research and development, operations, and life cycle management, and led scientific and technical teams in Singapore and the U.S. focused on enzyme reagent research and development.

Before Illumina, Molly was the Head of Protein Sciences at Pacific Biosciences responsible for protein reagent development for their single molecular real time sequencing chemistry. She also spent 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry focusing on the structurally based design of antibody and small molecule drugs targeting cancer and immune diseases.

Molly holds a PhD from UCLA in protein biophysics, and received postdoctoral training in Structural Biology. She is passionate about science and technology education, and has been a proud coach for California State Science Olympiad competition since 2013. Her students have brought home many regional and state titles. In her spare time, Molly enjoys traveling with her family.


  • Over fifteen years experience in technology innovation and management for healthcare industries
  • Former Senior Director of Scientific Research at Illumina, responsible for enabling faster, longer, less expensive and better sequencing