Robert Valdes has over 25 years of biotechnology experience and currently serves as cofounder/Industry Consultant for alliancebio, LLC serving clients in the US, EU, and east Asia. Prior to this start-up, Robert (Bob) served as the Director, Large-Scale Manufacturing at Human Genome Sciences (acquired by GSK) where he oversaw the manufacture of Human Genome’s first commercial product Benlysta®, the first lupus drug to make it through US regulators in more than half a century. Prior to his 12-year tenure at Human Genome Sciences, he was employed by Lonza Biologics (US/UK) from 1994 to 2000 in various positions in biologics manufacturing, design, and engineering. Bob’s first awesome biotech job out of school was at Charm Sciences Inc. as a pilot-plant microbiologist.
As a strong community citizen, Bob founded and operated RRMS Inc. for 12 years. RRMS was a nonprofit (501c3) benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis community in over 20 states. From 2009-2016, Bob also served on the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business’ Alumni Board (DAAB) whose primary goal is to encourage global alumni participation and engagement.
Bob lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife Susie and enjoys cycling, hockey, and karate. Originally from the northeast, Mr. Valdes and his wife have lived in Maryland for 16 years. Mr. Valdes holds Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts (MSc) and Johns Hopkins University (MBA) and a BA in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire. An advocate for continuous learning, Bob is currently taking classes to learn Korean and Mandarin.