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Funding to Prevent and Manage the NEXT Infectious Disease Pandemic

October 13, 2020 • Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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Review what federal agencies are imagining and funding to prevent and better manage the next infectious disease pandemic.


R&D to create new diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines takes time, yet as we’ve seen, there is no time to spare when a pandemic hits. This presentation will review what federal agencies are imagining and funding to prevent and better manage the next infectious disease pandemic. We’ll look at new solicitations from NIH, NSF and BARDA as well as studies from public health officials and scientists on what happened with COVID-19, and how we might better face the challenges next time.


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Molly Schmid, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant,
SBDC @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Dr. Schmid brings more than 20 years of experience in the life science and small business technology industries and has held a variety of impressive leadership roles in bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals and health technologies, as well as the entrepreneurial space. She has also published several patents and publications. She was Vice President of Life and Health Technologies at ieCrowd, a global community of innovators where she coached Olfactor Laboratories, Inc. staff to transform novel vector control products into commercially viable technologies.

She was also Senior Vice President of Preclinical Programs at Affinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Toronto, Canada, where she managed several multi-million dollar technical projects, including a three-year $15 million discovery-stage collaboration with Pfizer.


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