Diane K. Jorkasky, M.D. FACP


Diane K. Jorkasky, M.D. FACP is a highly regarded pharmaceutical industry executive with a broad background across research and all phases of clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas. In addition to being a member of Altimmune’s Board, Dr. Jorkasky also serves as a Director on the Board of Alzheon, Inc. Prior to her current roles, she was Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development of Complexa Inc., Chief Medical Officer of Endo Pharmaceuticals, and Chief Development and Medical Officer of Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. Her experience also includes executive positions with Pfizer as its Vice President of Global Clinical Research Operations, where she was responsible for all exploratory development, clinical pharmacology and translational medicine. Of her many accomplishments, she led Pfizer’s international Clinical Research Units which received certification by American Accreditation for Human Rights Protection Policies for their clinical research process, the first in industry or academia to achieve such a recognition. Previously, Dr. Jorkasky was Vice President of Clinical Research at SmithKline Beecham, and Chief of Nephrology at Presbyterian-Penn Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Jorkasky is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Technology and has been recognized by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame for her scientific leadership and mentoring of young women, as well as the Connecticut Council on Technology for her work in driving technological improvements in clinical research operations.

Dr. Jorkasky is board certified in internal medicine, nephrology and clinical pharmacology, having received her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania. She is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, on the faculties of University of California, San Francisco and Uniformed Service of Health Sciences Medical Schools, with previous faculty appointments at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine.


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