Benjamin Blasco is Discovery Senior Project Manager at the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership where he provides scientific support and leadership to several drug discovery project teams working on novel approaches to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections.
Benjamin has broad expertise in microbiology, molecular pharmacology and drug discovery, with over 10 years of experience working on tuberculosis and malaria specifically. Before joining GARDP, Benjamin worked as a Research Scientist at Medicines for Malaria Venture, managing several projects spanning from biology test platforms to drug discovery programmes. In particular, he delivered data on resistance to antimalarial drugs as well as strategies through projects in collaboration with academic leaders in this field and expert investigators working closely with clinical sites in Africa. Before that, Benjamin studied virulence regulators of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with Stewart Cole and developed a mycobacterial assay to screen for anti-virulence compounds.
Benjamin holds both a master’s degree in molecular and biological chemistry and a doctorate degree in molecular life sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland. He also obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2017.