Joan Herbert

Senior Director, Business Development
Business Development

What I do at MMV:

I am part of a busy team conducting a range of activities in support of MMV’s mission, from  engaging new partners in our work and the management of existing partners to  negotiating terms and conditions, defining roles and responsibilities and leading due diligence processes. I also have primary responsibility for the management of our service providers - finding the best people, getting the best price and ensuring quality at every stage.

Why I work at MMV:

I found the ‘for-profit’ environment of medical research largely unsatisfying and disconnected from patients’ actual needs with lifestyle drugs and chronic treatments taking precedence over radical cures and with neglected and orphan diseases barely getting a mention. When I learned about MMV and the work that it does, I thought ‘that’s the place for me – here  is an opportunity to apply novel and exciting science to solve some real problems which will not only stop people from dying or becoming sick but can also turn their lives around and enable them to escape from poverty’.

More about me:

I have more than 15 years of experience in drug discovery and development gained from my time in the  biotechnology and contract research industries including 5 years at MMV. Prior to joining MMV, I held positions in business development with Paragon Biomedical, Synarc Inc., and PPD in Cambridge, UK and before that I worked as a research and senior scientist at Cambridge Antibody Technology. I have a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of London and a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow. I have recently begun studying for a master’s degree in biomedical ethics and healthcare with the University of Leeds.

Ask me about:

Negotiating contracts and all the brilliant partners we have who also engage in our mission and offer us generous discounts on their services - out of their own profit margins - which makes our donor funds stretch that bit further. You can also ask me about Socrates and Aristotle and check back in two years to see if I survived the course!