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Wayne Koff

President and CEO, Human Vaccines Project

Wayne Koff, Ph.D., is the founding President and CEO of the Human Vaccines Project, a non-profit R&D consortium focused on decoding the human immune system to accelerate vaccine and therapeutic development. In 2019, Dr. Koff was named by Foreign Policy along with Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Melinda Gates, Angela Merkel, and others as one of the 100 Global Thinkers who have “ had a profound impact on the planet in the last 12 months.” As of July 2020, Dr. Koff is also Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Project, Koff served as CSO and Sr. VP, R&D at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), leading IAVI’s research and development program. At IAVI, his accomplishments included developing multiple HIV vaccines through clinical trials; establishing state-of-the-art laboratories in the U.S., Europe, India and Africa; conducting the first HIV vaccine trials in India, Kenya and Rwanda; and establishing the Neutralizing Antibody Consortium, which identified broad and potent neutralizing antibodies against HIV that are currently in commercial development. Dr. Koff has published over 100 scientific papers and edited eight books on vaccine development.