20Lighter is a revolutionary program tackling obesity and cardiometabolic disease. Its unique multimodal design delivers dramatic reductions of inflammation and visceral fat, the holy grail of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. This breakthrough strategy results in sustainable, clinically meaningful health improvements and enhanced quality of life.
Jessica Barnes, PhD
CEO & Co-Founder
Dr. Jessica Barnes, the CEO & Co-founder of the 20Lighter Program, brings nearly 20 years of expertise in biotech & healthcare, clinical research, and scientific data application to real-world challenges. She has a passion for health, female entrepreneurship, and helping others be their best. After pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, she earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a fellow in the department of pediatric neuro-oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Judah Folkman, widely recognized as the father of angiogenesis. Her previous roles have included Director of New Ventures at Access BridgeGap Ventures, Senior Science Officer at Summer Street Research Partners, and Vice President in MEDACorp at Leerink Swann. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Barnes has been invited to speak on topics ranging from clinical and scientific issues to female entrepreneurship worldwide. For the past six years, she has focused on a new and effective program combating the obesity epidemic and helping people achieve a healthier, happier life.