Mariana Dimitrova is Vice President of Product and Device Development at Akero Therapeutics. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the development of a new drug product for AKR-001. Mariana comes to Akero Therapeutics with over 16 years of biopharmaceutical development experience at companies such as Amgen, MedImmune (AZ) and Biogen. She most recently served as Senior Director Biologics Drug Product and Device Development at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where her leadership spanned formulation, process and device development, and drug delivery for injectable biologics. During her career, Mariana has contributed to the development and commercialization of nine patient convenient drug/device combination products for the treatment and prevention of cancer and hematological, autoimmune, respiratory and infectious diseases.
Prior to her industry work, Mariana spent five years in academia, including at the US National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. Mariana holds a PhD in Biophysics and Biological Sciences from the Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the AIST, and a MS in Chemistry from the University of Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria.