Ron Newbold, PhD
Business & Commercial Development Advisor
Dr. Ronald Newbold is an advisor to EDI in business development and commercial assessment. Ron is Senior Vice President and Head of US Business Development & Alliance Management, Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Princeton NJ. He joined Otsuka in 2017 with 24 years of Business Development and Alliance Management experience leading business teams in negotiating over $1.5 billion in announced pharma / biotech deals.
Ron has significant experience in external partnering in the Life Sciences field from his previous activities in large Pharma as well as biotech companies. Ron is a PhD graduate of the University of Rochester. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry at Harvard University, Ron joined Merck, where he was ultimately responsible for Strategic Research Initiatives. Following 14 years with Merck, Ron was the senior Business Development executive
at Sentigen Biosciences, Celldex Therapeutics and Auspex Pharmaceuticals.
Ron joined Pfizer in 2010, to manage a global team of scientists in over 10 countries evaluating and proposing partnerships of scientific value to broadened Pfizer’s early-stage pipeline. Ron was also responsible for starting and leading the Pfizer Seed Fund, created through an evolution of Pfizer’s Incubator. During Ron’s tenure with Pfizer, he served as Board Observer to several companies, as a member of Neomed Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Board and he remains Vice Chairman of the Licensing and Ventures Group at the University of Virginia.