Sue Van is the President and CEO of The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Its largest program is in translational research in biomedical engineering. By implementing industry best practices, this process accelerates the translation of promising university innovations into practical advances that improve patient care. The foundation also collaborates with scientific societies to bring the latest education and standards of care to resource-limited nations. The foundation’s newest initiative is its work with Asian American and Pacific Islander groups to form one cohesive community to promote civic engagement and to address health disparities.
Prior to establishing the Foundation in 1999, Sue was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coulter Corporation, responsible for the company’s long-term strategy, as well as its financial and legal affairs. Coulter was the leader in global diagnostics that created and built the market for automated hematology, which made blood cell testing affordable and accessible for the world. Sue was born in Shanghai, China, and immigrated to the US at the age of five. She has a B.A. in Political Science from American University, and M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.