The Hartwell Foundation


Frederick A. Dombrose, Ph.D.

Fred Dombrose is a scientist and knowledgeable business professional with extensive leadership experience in biomedical Research and Development within both academia and industry. As President of The Hartwell Foundation since 2006, he is responsible for leading the Primary Mission, to grant awards to individuals for innovative and cutting-edge biomedical applied research that may potentially benefit children of the United States. Prior to joining the Foundation, Fred held several positions in the biomedical industry, including: Executive Director of the Consortium for Plasma Science (Bayer, Baxter Healthcare, Aventis Behring, Alpha Therapeutic, NABI), which funded contract research for innovative technology related to the inactivation of blood-borne viruses in source plasma; VP and General Manager of Pacific Hemostasis, an in vitro medical diagnostics manufacturing company; International Area Manager for Thrombosis and Hemostasis at Organon Teknika Corporation; and Director of R&D at Dade Diagnostics. Before initiating his career in industry, Fred held joint faculty appointments in Pathology and Biochemistry at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also a Scientific Director with the NC Memorial Hospital Department of Laboratory Medicine. He completed undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and earned his Ph.D. degree in Human Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, followed by postdoctoral training in Biochemistry at Washington University, St. Louis. He has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including contributions to three textbooks and two issued patents. Fred resides in Charlotte, NC and is married with three children.

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