Who We Are
Joan E. Kureczka is the founding partner of Kureczka/Martin Associates, a firm she initially formed as J. Kureczka Associates in 1990.
During her career, Joan has achieved significant success by helping clients communicate difficult scientific concepts and achieve outstanding media coverage for technical and business accomplishments. She offers clients and media alike a unique perspective on healthcare and the biotechnology industry in all its facets, having prior experience as a biotechnology industry reporter, biotech public policy expert, industry consultant, and regulatory affairs staff member of biotech pioneer, Genentech.
In addition, she has been a pioneer in communications for industrial biotech and cleantech companies since the late 1990’s through her work with such clients as Michigan Biotechnology Institute and others.
Prior to establishing her own practice, she was technical director and led media relations at Annes Associates, a San Francisco-based firm specializing in healthcare public and investor relations and business-to-business marketing communications.
Joan has extensive experience in the design and implementation of corporate communications programs, helping companies to define a compelling story and then to communicate it effectively to raise visibility with various target audiences including potential partners and investors. She has been instrumental in assisting young biotechnology firms with strategic positioning, as well as with the writing/editing of web and press materials, business plans, corporate partnering and financing documents.
Joan holds an M.S. in environmental management from the University of San Francisco and a B.S. in microbiology from Cornell University as well as having conducted graduate level studies in biochemistry and microbiology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She is an active member of the Northern California Science Writers Association.