Colleen Cutcliffe, Pendulum Therapeutics

“I don’t like hearing self-victimizing statements and mindsets. How we choose to react is entirely up to us and incredibly self-empowering.”

Colleen Cutcliffe

Colleen Cutcliffe, CEO & Co-Founder at Pendulum Therapeutics, shared the story behind her title with us on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th, 2021.

Colleen has over 15 years of experience leading and managing biology teams in academia, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Prior to starting Pendulum, Colleen was the Senior Manager of Biology at Pacific Biosciences and a Scientist at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Colleen received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College.


As a young girl growing up in the deep south to immigrant parents, Colleen’s experience was not one of racism or discrimination. She recalls the lesson she learned from her parents was that every person, no matter their background, has the absolute power to chart their own course in life.  She’s taken these values of integrity, hard work and education and applied them directly to her company Pendulum. 

Listen to our interview with Colleen below!

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