Maria C. Freire, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria FreireDr. Maria Freire is the President and Executive Director of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. She came to the Foundation in 2012 from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, where she had served as President since 2008. Prior to joining the Lasker Foundation, Dr. Freire served as President and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development from 2001 to 2008 and Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health from 1995 to 2001. She led the Office of Technology Development at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County from 1989 to 1995. Dr. Freire received her Bachelor of Science degree at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Virginia. She sits on numerous national and international boards and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Freire is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2019 NonProfit PRO "Executive of the Year" Award, 2017 Washington Business Journal’s "Women Who Mean Business Award” and a Gold Stevie Award for "Woman of the Year."

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