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Örn Almarsson, PhD
Head of Formulations at Moderna Therapeutics


Dr. Örn Almarsson is head of formulation at Moderna Therapeutics, a company in Cambridge MA pioneering messenger RNA therapeutics. In his 24-year career in pharma/biotech, Örn has worked broadly on the materials science of drug delivery, including Preformulation activities, crystalline materials, pharmaceutical cocrystals, nanotechnologies, prodrugs, biopharmaceutical evaluation and stabilization of formulations. He received his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Iceland and Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from UC Santa Barbara working with prof. Thomas C. Bruice. Örn started his industry career at Merck Research Laboratories in Pharmaceutical R&D following post-doctoral work at MIT with prof. Alexander Klibanov.

Agenda Sessions

  • mRNA Vaccines and Therapeutics: From Promise to Reality