Abel De La Rosa
Chief Scientific Officer
"Dr. De La Rosa serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE) and the Emory Institute for Drug Development (IDD), focused on the discovery and development of antiviral drugs for the treatment of viral diseases of unmet medical need and global concern. Prior to joining Emory University, Dr. De La Rosa was Senior Vice President of Business Development & Scientific Affairs with Pharmasset. From 2002 until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) for $11 billion in 2012, he was responsible for licensing, strategic transactions, and alliance management of collaborations and partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and universities. He provided business and scientific leadership to drug development programs for the treatment of HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, including Sofosbuvir. Prior to Pharmasset, Dr. De La Rosa held both scientific and business positions at Visible Genetics, where he was responsible for the development and improvement of genotyping tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, including the first sequencing-based HIV drug resistance test to receive FDA approval. Dr. De La Rosa also held scientific positions at Innogenetics, Boston Biomedica, and Digene, developing molecular diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. He is an inventor and author on several U.S. patents and publications relating to molecular diagnostic methods, techniques and therapeutics for infectious diseases and cancer, and has served on Scientific Advisory Boards and Board of Directors of biotechnology companies."