Donald Very, Jr., Ph.D. – Executive Vice President, Research and Development
Dr. Very has more than 30 years of device, diagnostic and, pharmaceutical compound/assay development and performance qualification experience in such diverse clinical areas as oncology, infectious disease, cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Dr. Very has extensive experience in all phases of pharmaceutical and diagnostic assay research and device development, performance validation, clinical trial design and implementation, and regulatory approval.
In addition to his duties at Marizyme, Dr. Very is currently an Adjunct Professor of Biotechnology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Previously, Dr. Very served as Senior Vice President of Mosaigen, a global science & technology development corporation; and President, CEO, and Founder of Naviter Bioanalytics, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in technological due diligence, bioanalytical method development, performance qualification, and regulatory approval. Additionally, Dr. Very previously served as Senior Vice President, Scientific Strategy, Technology and Research at Helomics Corporation where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation, and implementation of new technologies, assay platforms, and tests to augment the company’s clinical laboratory, comprehensive tumor profiling platform, and contract research offerings. Prior to Helomics, he was Vice President of Research and Assay Development for Ancera, Inc., where he successfully led efforts to develop quantitative cell, nucleic acid, and protein assays for the company’s proprietary, magnetic fluid-based, diagnostic platform; and Vice President of Immunology and Assay Development for the Institute for Bioanalytics, LLC (IBA), where he was responsible for the overall scientific, operational, and research activities of the Institute. At IBA, he successfully built a profitable contract research business. Under his leadership, IBA completed more than 200 cell, nucleic acid or antibody-based assay development and performance qualification projects in support of the research programs of clients in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology industries. Dr. Very also served as a Senior Research Scientist for the Diagnostics Division of Bayer Corporation, where he was responsible for the design and execution of clinical trials, performance validation studies for the AFP, CA 125 II, and CA 15-3 tumor marker assays for the Bayer Immuno 1™ Immunoanalyzer, and the preparation and submission of 510(k) applications to the FDA for these assays. These activities culminated in the FDA’s approval of all these assays for use in the U.S. Dr. Very began his career as a researcher and supervisor of the BL-2 and BL-3 laboratories affiliated with the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit in the Republic of Korea. Managing a staff of six scientists, his team conducted clinical and diagnostic research on hantaviral and rickettsial diseases endogenous to the Korean peninsula.
Dr. Very is a frequent speaker at national and international scientific symposia discussing topics ranging from advances in personalized medicine in oncology, the clinical utility of serum biomarkers in the diagnosis and management of disease, the development and performance qualification of multiplexed immunoassays, and the future of the in vitro diagnostic industry. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, a M.S. degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology from Boston University.