Years of Experience: 17
Specialties: Sales, Entrepreneurship, Drugs of Abuse Testing
Other Businesses: TestCountry, LiveWellTesting
Nonprofit Work: Board of Directors, Interfaith Community Services
Recognized by: Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, San Diego State University
Awards: Inc. 500 Best Places to Work, Stevie Award for Woman Leadership, San Diego Business Journal Best Places to Work
Publications: How to Retain Employees Through ‘Servant’ Leadership, Entrepreneur Magazine
Zeynep continues to earn tremendous recognition for being a successful female entrepreneur. After moving to the United States from Turkey with her husband and business partner Serhat, she became the founder and CEO of Confirm BioSciences in 2008. Today, the company gathers global interest as a trusted provider of quality diagnostic health & wellness testing solutions.
Zeynep Ilgaz is nothing short of a serial entrepreneur. Since emigrating from Turkey to San Diego with her husband and business partner Serhat Pala, Zeynep has amassed great success. In 2008, she established Confirm BioSciences, a global leader in quality diagnostic health & wellness testing solutions. Today, the brand maintains authority with a significant presence across the industry spectrum.
Scaling her multi-channel infrastructure is Zeynep’s primary focus. As the Chief Executive Officer, she pioneers the development of proprietary labels for widescale retail and corporate distribution. Confirm BioSciences also delivers occupational health solutions through a vast nationwide laboratory network.
Zeynep has received numerous accolades in recognition of her contribution to small business in America. In 2015, Zeynep earned the Women Who Mean Business Award, as well as the Most Admired CEO Award by The San Diego Business Journal. Confirm BioSciences was later recognized by The San Diego Business Journal as The #1 Best Place to Work in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Zeynep led Confirm BioSciences to win an Inc. 5000 award for being one of The Best Workplaces in the country.
When she’s off-the-clock, Zeynep and her family actively contribute to community nonprofit initiatives. More than most, Zeynep understands the importance of social responsibility on a corporate level and beyond. She serves on the board of Interfaith Community Services and San Diego State Lavin Center.