Program Coordinator: Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery, University of QueenslandBiography
Dr. Mark Blaskovich is Program Coordinator: Hit Validation & Chemistry for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery, and a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. He has extensive medicinal chemistry expertise and over 15 years of industrial drug development experience, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Mimetica (Australia), where he managed the drug discovery and development program for melanocortin-5 receptor antagonists leading to a compound currently in Phase II human trials for treatment of acne. In his previous role at CEPTYR (Seattle) he led a multidisciplinary team that developed a preclinical candidate for protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B, while at Molecumetics (Seattle) he headed a $2m/yr industrial collaboration on peptidomimetic compounds targeting proteases and GPCRs. Since starting at The University of Queensland, Mark has been working on developing new antibiotics to treat drug resistant pathogens. He has published over thirty articles, is an inventor on eight patent families with over 100 granted and pending applications, and is author of 'The Handbook on Syntheses of Amino Acids'.