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Raffaele Baffa

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Raffaele Baffa, MD, PhD

Dr. Raffaele Baffa is an experienced pharmaceutical executive and an academic and clinical physician, who has been involved in all stages of biomedical research – from bench experimentation to clinical research – for over 20 years. Dr. Baffa is currently the Head of Translational Sciences, ESI, Global Biotherapeutics, at Sanofi in Cambridge, MA, USA. Prior to his position as Head of Translational Sciences, ESI, he was responsible for developing and implementing strategic translational and clinical plans for early stage compounds as a Senior Director of Translational and Experimental Medicine for the Oncology Business Unit at Sanofi. Dr. Baffa obtained his medical degree from Padova, Italy. He completed his residency in Pathology at the University of Trieste, Italy. Later, he earned a PhD in Pathology and Molecular Biology from the University of Parma, Italy. For five years, Dr. Baffa held a permanent Attending Physician position at the Cittadella Hospital, University of Padova, Italy, followed by a fellowship in Molecular Genetics at the Kimmel Cancer Institute, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Baffa has also been on the faculty of Jefferson Medical College since 1997. Before joining Sanofi, Dr. Baffa has gathered experience in translational and clinical research at Medimmune, where he developed translational strategies to maximize the probability of success of clinical studies by integrating relevant pre-clinical and biomarker information within clinical study protocols. Dr. Baffa has been the author or co-author of 90 papers, mainly in highly refereed journals (Cell, NEJM, Jama, PNAS, Cancer Research, etc.), and has authored 14 book chapters. He was a Kimmel Scholar (Sidney Kimmel Foundation) in 2001. He is also member of numerous national and international societies, and serves on editorial boards of scientific journals.

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