IDRI Adds Dealmaker

Xconomy Seattle — 

The Seattle-based Infectious Disease Research Institute said today it has hired Erik Iverson, a former associate general counsel for global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fill a newly-created position of executive vice president of business development and external affairs. Iverson will work to create proprietary programs, and form partnerships, to advance the institute’s work on new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Iverson “brings tremendous experience and relationships, along with a deep commitment to our global health mission,” IDRI CEO Stewart Parker said in a statement.