CIC Philadelphia People on The Move: Michelle Ottey, PhD, HCLD Promoted to Vice President, Labs and Centers, US for CIC Labs + Innovation Campuses & Sarajane Blair Promoted to General Manager 

January 23, 2024

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The incredible team at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) Philadelphia is already making moves in 2024.

Michelle Ottey, PhD, HCLD, formerly the Managing Director of CIC Philadelphia, has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Labs and Centers, US for CIC Labs + Innovation Campuses. As a thought partner to the executive team, Michelle will work to optimize performance, oversee and refine operations, align and standardize practices, allocate resources, support center and lab leadership, and attract and mentor top talent. 

While she will remain based at CIC Philadelphia, Michelle will travel as needed to other US Centers which include Boston, Cambridge, Providence, and St. Louis. 

Sarajane Blair has been promoted to the role of General Manager, previously the Director of Client Development and Partnerships at CIC Philadelphia. 

“Sarajane is a kind, effective, and passionate leader.  I have every confidence that our community will thrive under her leadership and cannot wait to see all that is to come,” shared Michelle in her recent announcement via email and LinkedIn

Founded in 1999, CIC is a global leader in driving innovation at scale. Their mission is to create the best possible environment and programming to enable startups, scale-ups, corporations, and public entities to tackle the biggest local and global challenges while fostering growth and connection. 

CIC manages more than 1.2M square feet of workspace, laboratories, and event space across North America, Europe, and Asia. CIC Philadelphia opened its doors in 2018 in the heart of University City at 3675 Market Street. Steps from UPenn, Drexel University, and a growing network of hospitals, the 140k square foot facility boasts 90k SQFT of Wet Labs spaces, 5000 SQFT of which are shared function rooms with over $3M in top-of-the-line equipment. 

About Michelle Ottey, PhD, HCLD

Michelle is a Philadelphia native and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Genetics from Thomas Jefferson University.

She transitioned from research science to science management and joined Fairfax Cryobank in June 2006, eventually becoming the Lab Director. Michelle dedicated fifteen years to building a strong, effective, and efficient team with Fairfax Cryobank while serving on the Medical Advisory Board and as the Spokesperson for Cryobank.

Michelle joined CIC Labs+ Innovation Campus in Philadelphia in January 2022 as the Managing Director, overseeing external relationship building, strategic planning, and supporting the thriving life science labs and greater Philadelphia Life Science Ecosystem. Her areas of expertise include Reproductive Cryopreservation and Family Building, Innovation and Startup Ecosystems, Life Science Shared Lab Facilities.

About Sarajane Blair

Sarajane Blair is an experienced leader and manager with a demonstrated history of working in the nonprofit industry.

Skilled in strategic planning, program implementation, financial management and budgeting, project development and implementation, and relationship building, Sarajane brings a diverse breadth of experience to CIC.

Formerly the Interim Executive Director Mt Airy CDC, Sarajane also served as the Executive Director at Fairmount Community Development Corporation and Managing Director at Mt Airy USA.

Sarajane began her professional career as a Production Assistant at multiple media companies and was a Fulbright Grantee for the U.S. Department of State, where she developed and implemented an English course for university students, served as an English teaching assistant for fourth and fifth grade students, and provided informal English classes to community members at the American Corner.

Sarajane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from Colby College and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.