Plenary Lecture 1
Dr. Ernesto Freire
Department of Biology. The Johns Hopkins University.
Protein Thermodynamics and the Biopharmaceutical Industry
ERNESTO FREIRE is the Henry Walters Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. He has been a member of the Department of Biology and Biophysics since 1986. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Freire obtained his doctorate in Biophysics from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Freire is a world recognized expert in biological thermodynamics. He performs research in the thermodynamics of protein stability, protein-protein interactions, and protein-ligand binding. Dr. Freire has pioneered the development of drug design and optimization strategies using thermodynamics techniques. Dr. Freire has been associated with several startups including Fulcrum Pharmaceuticals, Ception Therapeutics and currently AVIA Biosystems. Dr. Freire is the author or co-author of over 250 publications and several patents. Dr. Freire is on the editorial board of several journals and has served on many scientific advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Freire is an Honor Member of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a member of the Academy of Sciences of Latin America.