amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Raymond F. Schinazi, Ph.D., DSc

SCHINAZI,.jpgJoined the amfAR board in November 2011. Serves on the fund development committee. Expertise in antiviral agents and biotechnology. Best known for his pioneering work on six anti-HIV, -HBV, and -HCV drugs that are now approved by the FDA or are at various stages of clinical development. More than 94% of HIV-infected individuals take at least one of the drugs he invented, and it is estimated that his work has saved more than 4 million lives worldwide.

Dr. Schinazi is the Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology at Emory University. He serves as a senior research career scientist at the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs and director of the Scientific Working Group on Viral Eradication for the NIH-sponsored Emory University Center for AIDS Research. He has founded several biotechnology companies focusing on antiviral drug discovery and development, has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and seven books, is the named inventor on over 90 issued U.S. patents, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

He served on the Presidential Commission on AIDS, and his work on HCV has led to the discovery and development of curative therapies, approved in December 2013, against the devastating disease.

In 2013, Dr. Schinazi joined the board of directors of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida. In that same year, he was named a National Academy of Inventors Charter Fellow and received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. He is also a board member for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

Among his other recent honors are the Georgia Biomedical Industry Growth Award, the Bruce Witte Annual Distinguished Award, the 2006 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Hepatitis B Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Top Innovators in America Award, and two Merit Awards (10-year grants) from NIH-NIAID. In 2008, Dr. Schinazi was honored with the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award at Emory University School of Medicine. In 2011, he was inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. In 2014, Dr. Schinazi was selected to receive the Research and Hope Award for Excellence in Academic Research from the PhRMA Foundation.

He lives in Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; and Paris, France.