Maria C. Freire

President & Executive Director at Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.

Maria C. Freire

Maria C. Freire

President & Executive Director at Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.

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Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.
Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation, Inc.
Global Alliance for TB Drug Development

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1956 - Lima, LP, Peru



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Co-Founder at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.

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Former Venture Partner at Third Rock Ventures LLC

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Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University - School of Medicine

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Chief Executive Officer at Ruder Finn, Inc.

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Director at National Institutes of Health

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Managing Director & Global Head at BlackRock Private Equity Partners

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Former Professional at National Cancer Institute

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Founder at Sherry Lansing Foundation

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Member, Board of Directors at Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.

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Maria C. Freire
President & Executive Director at Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.
Ph.D. in Biophysics

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.


The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly called the Institute of Medicine (IoM), is an American nonprofit, non-governmental organization. The National Academy of Medicine is a part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, along with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the National Research Council (NRC). The National Academy of Medicine provides national advice on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health, and serves as an adviser to the nation to improve health. It aims to provide unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large. Operating outside the framework of the U.S. federal government, it relies on a volunteer workforce of scientists and other experts, operating under a formal peer-review system. As a national academy, new members of the organization are elected annually by current members, based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in a relevant field as well as for their willingness to participate actively.

Career History
President & Executive Director
2012 - Current

The Foundation leverages NIH's science with private-sector support for biomedical advances that benefit people around the world. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation serves donors who wish to support biomedical research by building on the resources and talent at NIH in specific areas of interest. In addition, the Foundation supports training and advanced education programs for the investigators of tomorrow and invests in educational programs about medical research.

Office of Technology Transfer
1995 - 2001

NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency's research planning, activities, and outlook. The Office of the Director is the central office at NIH, responsible for setting policy for NIH and for planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all the NIH components. The NIH Director, with a unique and critical perspective on the entire agency, is responsible for providing leadership to the Institutes and for constantly identifying needs and opportunities, especially for efforts that involve multiple Institutes. The NIH Director is assisted by the NIH Deputy Directors including the Principal Deputy Director, who shares in the overall direction of the agency's activities. NIH is responsive to Congressional legislation that adjusts NIH's programs to meet changing research needs. As a result of the NIH reauthorization process, NIH is able to respond strategically in an era when medical research requires constant innovation and increased interdisciplinary efforts. More than 80% of the NIH's budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at over 2,500 universities and research institutions. In addition, about 6,000 scientists work in NIH’s own Intramural Research laboratories, most of which are on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The main campus is also home to the NIH Clinical Center, the largest hospital in the world totally dedicated to clinical research. Successful biomedical research depends on the talent and dedication of the scientific workforce. NIH supports many innovative training programs and funding mechanisms that foster scientific creativity and exploration. The goal is to strengthen our nation’s research capacity, broaden our research base, and inspire a passion for science in current and future generations of researchers. NIH encourages and depends on public involvement in federally supported research and activities. NIH’s wide-ranging public efforts include outreach and education, nationwide events, requests for public input on NIH projects, and special programs designed specifically to involve public representatives in clinical research

2008 - 2012

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and its programs are dedicated to the support of biomedical research toward conquering disease, improving human health and extending life. The Lasker Awards The Lasker Foundation's Awards Program recognizes the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of human disease. Other Programs Although the Lasker Foundation is not a grant-giving organization, it does support select initiatives that raise awareness of medical discoveries and their benefits to human health, and that increase support for the medical science enterprise. These initiatives have included study groups, Congressional briefings, innovative web-based programs, educational forums, and scholarly studies. The Foundation's mission is to foster the prevention and treatment of disease and disabilities by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, by educating the public, and by advocating for support of medical research. The Foundation's values are: Integrity Independence from political and corporate influence Impartiality in efforts to educate and raise awareness about the benefits of medical research to human health Championship of bold and creative medical science Setting standards for research excellence

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Awards & Honors
Washington Business Journal - Women Who Mean Business
Gold Stevie Award, Woman of the Year-Technology
Arthur S. Flemming Award
New York City, NY
4th Annual Partnering for Cures

Partnering for Cures is FasterCures' annual meeting that brings together diverse participants to discuss and solve the crucial issues facing the medical research world today. Partnering for Cures is structured with thought-provoking panels that host well-known speakers from the different sectors of the medical world; presenters from organizations that are boasting innovative approaches to the issues facing health; pro-bono, personalized advice from experts across medical research fields; and a unique partnering systems that allows conference participants to schedule meetings throughout the weekend to collaborate and create new approaches to save and improve lives.

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