Annual Global Discovery to Development Innovation Forum Speakers
Director of Biology
Pilar holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the Universitat de Barcelona. Supported by a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship she worked at Harvard Medical School and later at Duke’s University, Durham (USA). Upon returning to Spain in 1995, she became an independent researcher at the Fundació Clínic- IDIBAPS in Barcelona and later on she moved to the pharmaceutical industry at Almirall as Head of the In Vivo Target Validation Unit in charge of generating and characterizing experimental models of diseases. She became program leader in Drug Discovery, supervising projects related to autoimmune diseases. During this period two drug candidates were forwarded to development and one of them has now entered in clinical trials. Afterwards she moved to CNIO as Head of In Vivo Target Validation from 2009 to 2012.