Senior Director of Scientific Affairs, Binding SiteBiography
Richard M. O'Hara, Jr. grew up in Texas. He received a baccalaureate degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. After working as a research associate for a few years he entered the Immunology Graduate Program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. O'Hara spent the final two years of his graduate training at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia working with the group that established the first Liver Transplant program in the region. Following his graduate training he and his family moved to Boston where he entered a postdoctoral training program at Harvard Medical School, working on mechanisms of T cell mediated immune regulation. He entered the pharmaceutical industry, joining Genetics Institute (later Wyeth Research) as a research scientist in 1988. His work on cytokine biology led to the development of two new therapeutic drugs and several US patents in hematology and oncology. Later work in the role of costimulation in graft rejection and autoimmunity led to the development of several other drug candidates. In 2007, after more than twenty years of research in the fields of autoimmunity and transplantation, he joined The Binding Site as Sr. Director of Scientific Affairs. In his role at Binding Site, Dr. O'Hara has presented extensively at major US academic medical centers on the characterization on monoclonal proteins in patients with Multiple Myeloma and other Plasma Cell Dyscrasias.