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Chief Scientific Officer: Host Directed Therapy

Prof Robert Wallis


Prof Wallis is a physician-scientist with training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and expertise in the development of biologics, vaccines, and small molecules.

He is the Chief Scientific Officer: Host Directed Therapy and is an an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He holds adjunct appointments as Professor at Case Western Reserve University and Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, where he previously held full-time positions. He has published approximately 140 manuscripts*, review articles, and book chapters, mainly in the areas of tuberculosis biomarkers, immunotherapy, and anti-infective drug development. He has particular expertise in the use of innovative models to evaluate new drugs and vaccines.

Prof Wallis came to Aurum after nearly 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently at Pfizer, where his leadership in anti-infective R&D included the TB candidate sutezolid**. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Infectious Diseases and is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Dr Wallis is presently leading multiple studies of adjunctive host-directed therapies in tuberculosis at Aurum.

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