Chief operations officer, Medicines for All Institute
About the position
The Medicines for All Institute (M4All), operating under the auspices of the VCU College of Engineering, is designed to improve access to affordable, high-quality medicines. M4All received significant support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) as part of its mission to improve global health access.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO), Medicines for All, will lead all day-to-day activities of the Medicines for All Institute. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer of M4All, the COO will craft and translate strategy into goals and action plans which enable the organization to deliver on M4All’s commitments to its various funding partners. The COO will be primarily responsible for managing the portfolio of M4All, defining organizational priorities and securing and aligning resources and infrastructure required to deliver high quality results. As M4All’s mission is to develop new cost-effective pharmaceutical processes by combining academic ingenuity and industrial practicality, a critical aspect for the COO is the ability to navigate in an academic and pharmaceutical/chemical engineering setting while providing strong process-oriented leadership of all functions. Also, as M4All depends upon collaboration with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including its funding partners, the COO position requires building and maintaining positive relationships while executing and delivering results. This position requires establishment and maintenance of sound financial practices.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
- Robert Beckler, chair
- Anita Deshpande
- Amy Miner
- David Snead