Ira J. Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Smith is Associate Director Alliance Management and Innovation, serving as primary Alliance Manager for academic collaborations and contributing to evaluation of biomedical R&D technologies and therapeutics. Ira previously served as Sr. Manager of R&D and Strategic Business Development at Lonza/InterHealth, and Senior Scientist at Rigel Pharmaceuticals where he most recently directed a Pharma/Academia Innovation Program in Muscle Biology. Ira completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center, and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology from the University of Florida.