Tommy Pham

Board of Directors Emeritus - Patent Liason, Nike

Tommy Pham earned his MBA and technology entrepreneurship certificate after participating in a joint program between University of Portland and Oregon Health & Sciences University. The program involved analyzing several OHSU technologies for commercial feasibility, one of which resulted in his start-up, called Nzumbe. Nzumbe focuses on research designed to accelerate the discovery of breakthrough therapies in challenging diseases such as cancer. In addition to heading up Nzumbe, Tommy works for Nike as a Patent Liaison, where he helps identify and capture new innovation for the company. He attended University of Portland, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. At UP, Tommy received two major scholarships, one from the Horatio Alger Association and two from the Ford Family Foundation, that covered most of his expenses. The Ford scholarship paid for about 90 percent of his undergraduate education and 80 percent of his MBA education. Up to 120 students from Oregon and Northern California receive the Ford Scholarship per year and about 100 students per year nationwide receive the Horatio Alger Scholarship.

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