Arpita MaitiDirector | New York, New York
Arpita Maiti is Director, External R&D Innovation (ERDI), Inflammation & Immunology at Pfizer, Inc. ERDI is an externally-focused scientific team of PhDs / MDs embedded within Pfizer research groups and seeks to identify late-breaking science that forms the basis of innovative therapies and drives related collaborations that deliver value to Pfizer, its partners, and patients. As a member of the ERDI team, Arpita supports external opportunity searches for the Inflammation & Immunology Research unit at Pfizer. ERDI provides a centralized hub for interactions between external partners and Pfizer Worldwide R&D and partners closely with Pfizer BD and Legal teams to ensure effective transaction of alliances and deals. Prior to joining Pfizer, Arpita was Associate Director of R&D Alliance Design & Management at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In this role, she designed new alliance paradigms to drive innovation in R&D and managed a team responsible for the oversight of external research projects with strategic research partners. Previous to that, Arpita was managing partner of Accurate Consulting Company, based in Vancouver, offering the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry advisory services in the R&D, regulatory, and clinical areas of the business. Arpita started her career in biotechnology at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, where she headed the Cell Biology & Drug Screening program with responsibility for selection of drugs for combination drug/device products, selection of in-licensing candidates, and management of drug discovery alliances.
Arpita received her PhD and MSc in Immunology from the University of British Columbia and her BSc (Hon) in Immunology and Human Biology from the University of Toronto, Trinity College. Since 2004, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Inflammation Research Association, is its Past-President, and was the Co-chair of the 12th World Congress on Inflammation held in Boston, Aug 8-12, 2015. She is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the Canadian Society for Immunology, has published in PNAS, Science, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Biological Chemistry and is an inventor on one issued patent and more than 10 applications.