People: Cempra Inc (CEMP.W)
11 Dec 2013
Dr. Prabhavathi B. Fernandes, Ph.D., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Cempra Inc. Dr. Fernandes, one of founders, has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of board of directors since founding in November 2005. Prior to that, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of several privately-held companies, including DarPharma, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, Ricerca Biosciences from 2000 to 2003 and Small Molecule Therapeutics from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Fernandes was Vice President, Drug Discovery of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company from 1988 to 1998, Senior Director of Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute from 1987 to 1988, Senior Project Leader of Abbott Laboratories from 1983 to 1987 and Senior Microbiologist of the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, the research division of E.R. Squibb and Sons, from 1980 to 1983. She has served on the advisory board of Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2004 and the supervisory board of GPC Biotech AG from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Fernandes served on the product development working group for Biodefense for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 2003 to 2004 and the U.S. Congressional Panel for Assessment of Impact of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and the American Society for Microbiology Advisory Panel for Antibiotic Resistance from 1991 to 1995. Dr. Fernandes holds a B.S. in botany, zoology and chemistry from the University of Bangalore (India), an M.S. in microbiology from the Christian Medical College (India) and a Ph.D. in microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University.
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