TIA LYLES-WILLIAMS, DSc affectionately known as Dr. Tia, is the 1st African American Queer Woman to own and lead a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company. She received her BS in biology from Howard University, MS in entertainment business from Full Sail University, and a MS in regulatory science from University Southern California. Dr. Tia is a board member at LaunchBio and Independent Business Alliance: Greater Philadelphia’s LGTBQ+ Chamber ofCommerce. She’s also a business mentor for Princeton University’s Entrepreneurship Council & Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science. Lyles-Williams was named “Unicorn” by Philadelphia Magazine; recognized as a 2021 Forbes NEXT 1000 Honoree, listed as 1 of Inc. Magazine’s 2021 Female Founders 100; a recipient of the PHL Inno 2022 Fire Award; and featured in Philadelphia Tribune’s People on the Move for 2022. Lyles-Williams was conferred as an Honorary Doctorate in The Sciences from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Lyles-Williams participated as a panelist at The White House Summit for Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy.; and her work at LucasPye BIO was highlighted at the 2023 USPTO World IP Day in D.C.