Cristina Donini

Vice President, Program Leadership and Strategy
Research & Development

What I do at MMV:

I manage antimalarial drug development projects from candidate selection to proof-of-concept within the Translational Medicine group. In addition, I work with the Discovery team to look at the potential to develop new candidates moving into preclinical, and I provide input on CMC and formulation questions across all our preclinical projects.

Why I work at MMV:

I very much enjoy being part of the malaria eradication agenda, and putting my skills to use in developing new and better medicines to attain this goal. The mission of our organization remains the primary source of motivation to work at MMV. We collaborate with many external partners, we meet people who share our same passion for research for new medicines, and we have the unique chance to make an impact on people lives. Being a part of this is unbeatable!

More about me:  

I joined MMV in 2012. Before that, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry, in different roles with increasing responsibilities, starting at GSK, followed by Serono, and MerckSerono. In my last position at Merck Serono, I led the Analytics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry group in Discovery with global responsibility for Physical Properties Assessment of discovery projects prior to Candidate Selection. During that time, I managed and developed a team of scientists, students, and research associates. I have a PharmD from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Parma, Italy, and a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Parma, in joint collaboration with Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA on Drug delivery systems for insulin oral administration.

Ask me about:

Solid state properties, crystallization, salt and form screen, as well as managing a team of consultants remotely, and working with plenty of CROs all around the globe. And if you want any tips on where to go skiing in the area, I am your person.