Steve Festin, PhD
Director of Scientific and Commercial Development, RMS Services
Steve Festin is currently Director of Scientific and Commercial Development at Charles River Laboratories. He is responsible for strategic scientific initiatives to improve research tools in biomedical research with emphasis in novel xenogenic research models, microbiome and genetics. Previously, he has served as Vice President of Research at Pulmokine (NY, USA), a start-up pharmaceutical development company focused on inhalation therapies for pulmonary disease, Principal Scientist at BioReliance (Sigma-Aldrich; MD, USA), Director at TDMI (MD, USA) a surgical contract research organization and Taconic (NY, USA) as Head of R&D and Director of Scientific Services. He has 30 years of experience in scientific research and management in academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and government organizations. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Villanova University (PA, USA), completed PhD studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Albany Medical College (NY, USA), a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (MD, USA) and Assistant Professorship in Biology/Biochemistry at Hamilton College (NY, USA).