Lucine CEO Innovator of the Year


In honor of International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th each year, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and National Association for Moms in Business (NAFMIB) awarded Dr. Marrs, CEO of Lucine Biotechnology, Inc., as the Innovator of the Year Award –Nevada.

WIPP is a nonpartisan organization which educates and advocates on behalf of women-owned businesses. Since its inception in June of 2001, WIPP has reviewed, provided input, and has taken specific positions on many economic issues and policies. The issues cover a broad range of current legislation and/or policies such as affordable health care, leveling the playing field for women-owned businesses, opening up federal procurement policies for women-owned businesses, the implementation of well-established federal law which seeks to encourage women in the marketplace, tax policies, energy, telecom, etc.

NAFMIB is a non-profit organization that serves as the voice for entrepreneurial, executive and CEO moms.  NAFMIB provides opportunities, education and advocacy for moms in business to cultivate leadership, foster social justice, develop greater economic growth potential and build strong families and strong communities.

Dr. Marrs was the recipient of the Innovator of the year award for Nevada. This award recognizes a member who has effectively leveraged technology for innovation and success in business. As the CEO for Lucine Biotechnology, a women’s health research and diagnostics company committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel diagnostics for women’s hormone health products and services, Dr. Marrs is dedicated to improving the lives of women who suffer from hormone conditions and reduce the diagnostic and disease management burden on the physicians who treat them.

In addition to being CEO for Lucine Biotechnology, she is the Founder and President of Parallel Innovations Labs (PI Labs), a non-profit, biotechnology incubator facility. PI Labs, when constructed, will provide science-based, start-up companies, flexible lab space and other facilities currently unavailable in Southern Nevada. Dr. Marrs co-founded, Southern Nevada Biotechnology Entrepreneurs (SNBE), a group focused on fostering bioscience, medical and health technology related companies.  She was also a leading proponent of Senate Bill 75 (SB75). The bill was supported broadly by Northern Nevada interests and Departments of Education state wide, but garnered limited support from Southern Nevada until Dr. Marrs’ involvement. SB75 passed and led to the formation of the Nevada Capital Investment Corporation (NCIC), which will manage a $50 million private equity investment fund for Nevada technology, biotechnology and clean technology companies. NCIC mirrors what other states have done to build a diverse, knowledge-based, successful business community.

Dr. Marrs is honored to be recognized by her community and will continue to provide innovation and leadership as an entrepreneur, woman, and executive mom.

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Lisbeth Prifogle, MFA

Lisbeth Prifogle is a freelance writer, Marine officer, and globetrotter currently in San Diego, CA. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles and a BA from DePauw University. Lisbeth spent six months in Iraq and is working on a memoir about her experiences. She keeps a blog titled The Next Bold Move and her work can be found in the 11th issue of Poem Memoir Story, The Splinter Generation, and In the Know Travel. Lisbeth has had problems balancing hormones since she was a teenager and is constantly researching and exploring natural remedies including diet, exercise, and alternative medicines.

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