Dr Francesco Marinucci is the Head of the HCV and HIV unit at FIND. With funding from UNITAID he is leading the implementation of multi-country program aiming at improving access to hepatitis C diagnostics. His major focus is on catalyzing the development of innovative products and accelerate their introduction in country programs by piloting novel approaches to screening and diagnosis. Francesco completed his PhD in Public Health and Microbiology from the University of Rome La Sapienza with a research study on the epidemiology and transmission patterns of HIV and other STDs among rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Biochemistry from the School of Medicine of the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. Francesco is a member of several scientific societies and working groups; most recently he was permanent member of the sub-Committee for Strategic Direction 5 (Innovation for acceleration) of the World Hepatitis Summit 2017.