Mariana Dimitrova is Vice President of Product and Device Development at Akero Therapeutics. She comes to Akero Therapeutics with over 18 years of biopharmaceutical development experience at Amgen Inc., MedImmune (Astra Zeneca) and Biogen. Mariana most recently served as Senior Director Biologics Drug Product and Device Development at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where her leadership spanned formulation, fill finish process, device development, and drug delivery for injectable biologics. During her career, Mariana has contributed to the development and commercialization of nine patient convenient drug/device combination products for the treatment of autoimmune, respiratory, neurodegenerative, hematology and infectious diseases.
Prior to her industry work, Mariana spent five years in academia, including at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. Mariana holds a PhD in Biophysics and Biological Sciences from the Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the AIST, and a MS in Chemistry from the University of Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria.