April Brys, Ph.D.

Vice President, Drug Development

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April Brys, Ph.D., serves as Vice President of the Drug Development division at Southern Research. She is an experienced life sciences executive with a strong track record in research and leadership roles throughout the course of her career, spanning over two decades. Her drug development background consists of overseeing strategic and operational aspects for small molecules and biologics with an emphasis on infectious diseases, immunology and establishing new technologies and capabilities.

Prior to joining Southern Research, Brys served in several senior roles with increasing responsibility for Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Most recently, beginning in 2015, she led Battelle’s Clinical and Nonclinical Research Business Line, holding full P&L responsibility for a $120M line of business and a 350-person geographically dispersed workforce, serving both government and commercial market sectors.

Immediately prior, from 2005-2015, Brys held the position of Business Line Manager, Biomarker Services and drove a total turnaround to profitability within three years, with continued year-over-year growth of greater than 20%. From 2000-2005, she served as Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology where she led the Immunology Group within the Biotechnology Product Line. In this role, Brys was responsible for building program teams to successfully deliver research programs for product efficacy and safety evaluation of new vaccines and therapeutics. She also served as project manager and/or Principal Investigator on over 20 GLP and non-GLP programs valued at over $20M.

Before joining Battelle, she spent nearly five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Brys has authored or co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications. She currently chairs the Greater Baltimore Biotech Executive Roundtable in addition to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Dean’s Advisory Board.

Brys earned both master of philosophy and doctorate degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Rutgers University.