Harry Ledebur, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Ledebur joined Southern Research in 2024—bringing with him 25+ years of experience across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and contract research industry. In his role as COO, Dr. Ledebur leads SR’s preclinical drug discovery and development operations. Dr. Ledebur’s scientific career has centered on the discovery, characterization, and development of novel therapeutics. He recently held executive positions in the contract research industry, serving as Vice President and General Manager of Contract Research Organization Operations at AmplifyBio and Vice President of Life Sciences Research The Battelle Memorial Institute. He has also held key leadership roles at several biotech companies including Axonia Medical, NanoMed Pharmaceuticals, Chromos Molecular Systems, and Caprion Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Ledebur earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D in Molecular and Cell Biology from Pennsylvania State University. He also currently serves on the board of the East Tennessee chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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