Chief Scientific Officer
United States of America
Jill Jarecki, PhD, is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Cure SMA and has been with the organization since 2005. In this capacity, she has managed a broad portfolio of SMA research investments totally of almost $60 million in basic research, preclinical drug development, and clinical research and trials. While at Cure SMA, she advanced a drug development project through a pre-investigational new drug meeting at the FDA, designation of orphan disease status from the Orphan Products Office of the FDA, and finally through successful out-licensing of the program for clinical development to an industry partner – all of which were firsts for the SMA field. More recently, she has been engaged in patient focused drug development activities, including the formation of a seven-member industry collaboration of biotech / pharmaceutical partners within Cure SMA to jointly advance SMA clinical development. Dr. Jarecki received her PhD in genetics from Yale University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Prior to working at Cure SMA, she spent 5 years working in the biotech industry at both Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Invitrogen Corporation.