Dr. Tozzo is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Avilar Therapeutics, a biotechnology company creating a broad and diverse pipeline of extracellular protein degraders as first-in-class medicines for the treatment of serious diseases. As a leader in drug discovery, translational sciences and medicine, Dr. Tozzo has over 26 years of experience in leadership roles in biotech/startups and large pharma organizations. She has initiated and progressed discovery programs to the clinic by building and effectively leading teams in preclinical biology, chemistry, pharmacology, DMPK, safety and biomarker studies in various disease indications.
Over the past 8 years, Dr. Tozzo served at Cellarity (a Flagship Pioneering company) as Senior Vice President, Drug Development and Head of R&D and as Senior Vice President, Translational Sciences at Mitobridge (acquired by Astellas), building teams and strong program pipelines, scientifically leading financing campaigns and pharma partnerships and supporting clinical teams through Phase 1 and clinical proof of concept studies.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Tozzo held leading positions at Merck, Roche, BMS, Millennium, Chiron and ErgoScience. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology from the University XI in Paris, France, completed her post-doctoral training in the Endocrine Division at Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School in Boston and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and patents.