Ira J. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Alliance Management and Innovation

Dr. Smith is associate director of Alliance Management and Innovation at ShangPharma Innovation. Prior to joining ShangPharma, Dr. Smith served as senior manager of R&D and strategic business development at Lonza/InterHealth, where he was responsible for scouting and analyzing novel technologies. Prior to Lonza/InterHealth, Dr. Smith served as a senior scientist in preclinical drug discovery at Rigel Pharmaceuticals, where he developed novel therapies for skeletal muscle diseases and disorders, and directed a pharma-academia innovation program in the area of muscle biology. Dr. Smith completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology from the University of Florida.