Valerian Nakaar, PhD

Co-Founder, CSO, Sr. Vice President Board of Directors

Dr. Nakaar has twenty years of experience in research and development of human vaccines in academic, small biotech and pharmaceutical environments. At VaxInnate where he joined the company at its founding in 2002, Dr. Nakaar was heavily involved in the company’s start-up. Under his leadership, the molecular biology group delivered multiple vaccine candidates including novel influenza vaccines currently undergoing clinical evaluation. He also has had extensive involvement with other viral, bacterial and parasitic vaccines. At Vion, he developed protein and peptide-based cancer therapies. He has been an author of many peer-reviewed publications, and inventor on US patents related to development and production of vaccines for influenza and other infectious diseases. Dr. Nakaar has served for nine years as a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nakaar received his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biological Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Molecular Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and carried out his postdoctoral fellowship in the Section of Infectious Diseases, Yale University School of Medicine.