Jeffrey Safrit is Senior Director of Infectious Diseases at ImmunityBio, leading the Infectious Diseases research and clinical development programmes. His relevant scientific background is immunology, beginning with a PhD in the immunology of tumour cell recognition and resistance from the University of California, Los Angeles. This was followed by a postdoctorate and faculty position at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, focusing on HIV immunology, specifically T-cell immunology and vaccine research.
Career highlights include roles in HIV vaccine-related research in industry and non-profits. Now, in the biotech space, a main part of Jeffrey’s role is to bring ImmunityBio’s cancer immunotherapies into the ID space. This includes developing and maintaining research alliances, coordinating external collaborations and searching for innovation.