Zeynep Ilgaz is an immigrant from Turkey and has been living in San Diego for over 20 years. In 2008, she founded Confirm Biosciences, a national provider of diagnostic products for human and wellness testing, which, under her leadership, was placed on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list and the SDBJ Fastest Growing Companies list for having an annual growth rate of over 800% for 3 years
running. Recently, Confirm Biosciences was acquired by CRL (Clinical Reference Laboratory).
Ilgaz is a firm believer in giving back to the community. She started the philanthropic arm of Confirm Biosciences, called “We Care, People over Profit,” which organizes donations to the community using a percentage of sales generated.
Aside from Confirm, she has worked as a board of director for Interfaith Community Services and served on the NIH Commercialization Assistance Program. She was also a contributor to outlets such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and the Huffington Post where she discussed topics ranging from growth and leadership to volunteerism. Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lavin Entrepreneur Center at SDSU.
Ilgaz received her MBA from San Diego State University in 2000 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics & Finance from Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey.