The Hartwell Foundation


Robert L. Wolfert, Ph.D.
Vice President

Bob Wolfert is is a scientist and knowledgeable business professional with extensive leadership experience in biomedical Research and Development. As Vice President of The Hartwell Foundation, he is responsible for supporting 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, Bob held positions in executive R&D management in established and early-stage companies within the In Vitro Diagnostics industry, including Hybritech/Beckman-Coulter, diaDexus, Metabolon, MesoScale Diagnostics, and Dynex Technologies; and where variously, he led teams in biomarker discovery and commercial clinical assay development in cancer, cardiology, neurology, and infectious diseases, including development of related clinical instrumentation and software. The breadth of his experience includes the design and management of research programs through all stages of project management from feasibility and proof-of-concept, to commercialization, regulatory approval, post-launch product support, quality assurance, and external partner management. Bob completed undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Cornell University and earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine, followed by post-doctoral training in Immunopathology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. He has co authored 80 peer-reviewed publications, several review articles and book chapters, and holds 10 issued U.S. patents. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC and is married with three children.

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