simona zompi

Head of Global Innovation and Partnerships, Karius

Dr. Simona Zompi is Head of Global Innovation and Partnerships at Karius, a biotechnology start-up that has developed and validated the first clinical diagnostic test that uses a minimally invasive blood draw to detect >1,200 pathogens regardless of the source of infection. She heads the Karius [X] program, with the mission to launch moonshot projects using Karius technology to advance science and open new pathways to better health. Karius [X] projects are high risk, high reward projects with a potential for high social and/or scientific impact and are conducted in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners. 

Dr. Zompi started her career in the biotechnology industry as an independent consultant supporting C-level executives in business strategy development (customer discovery and go-to market strategies), non-dilutive fundraising strategy, and clinical development strategy in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases. 

Before working in Silicon Valley, Dr. Zompi divided her time between academia and work in low and middle income countries. As a project scientist at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Zompi conceived and developed the Human Immunology and Dengue Virus Infection research program in collaboration with the National Virology Laboratory in Nicaragua and was appointed Executive Director of the Center for Global Public Health. Prior to her work in Latin America, she worked and lived in Asia and Africa while supervising HIV programs for Médecins du Monde, France. 

She is an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and an associate editor for the journal Frontiers in Microbial Immunology. She completed her medical doctorate and residency in hematology at the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, one of the largest patient referral centers and leading University Medical Center in Europe, and holds a PhD in immunology from the internationally renowned Institut Pasteur.