Dr. Mosca brings more than 30 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility in various organizations including biotech (PaxVax, Nereus, Elitra, IntraBiotics), non-profit research (The Scripps Research Institute) and large Pharma (Amercian Cyanamid/Lederle Labs). In her current role as the CEO of the Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation, Dr. Mosca is responsible for facilitating scientific collaboration among researchers and educating faculty on how to translate technologies into new products, businesses, and jobs in the state of North Carolina.
Within the first year, Dr. Mosca incorporated the MBCOI as a non-profit entity, established operations in Wilmington, Morehead City, and RTP, convened a board of directors, identified critical advisors for various sectors of marine applications, and developed a business model that secured ~$1.5 M in funding to date.
A major portion of Dr. Mosca’s experience includes evaluation of natural products from terrestrial and marine sources for anti-infective, oncologic, and agricultural applications. She is a proven leader of multi-disciplinary project teams focused on discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents and displays the ability to anticipate risks and implement creative solutions to meet project timelines and budgets. During her career, Dr. Mosca has executed critical roles in securing funding totaling more than $33M in contracts and $100M in venture funding.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Mosca served Vice President Project Management at PaxVax where she was responsible for the establishment of timelines, allocation of resources, and monitoring the critical path to assess probability of success at various stages of development for 7 vaccine programs. During that time, she helped secure more than $35M in government contracts, $5M in grants, and played a significant role in securing $20M in venture capital. In the past year, she assumed additional responsibility for negotiating licenses, legal documents (MTAs, CDAs, MSAs), collaborative arrangements, and vendor contracts.
Dr. Mosca received her bachelor's degree of science in biology and genetics from Cornell University and her doctorate in biology from State University of New York at Buffalo. She has published more than 42 papers and abstracts and has been involved in the approval of seven patents.