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Dr. C. Jo White
Dr. C. Jo White
M.D., FIDSA, BA Microbiology; Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
Managing Director of Clinical Development Strategies
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Jo is the Managing Director of Clinical Development Strategies for Avancer Group, Inc. Her professional conviction is "Turning great ideas into healthcare to promote good health."

Professionally, Jo has over thirty years of experience in clinical development, regulatory and medical affairs, and pharmacovigilance in the pharmaceutical industry. Her work has resulted in taking several compounds/vaccines from the bench into clinical trials, and eventual licensure in both the United States and Europe. As a result of holding executive positions at both large companies and small privately owned biotechnology companies, she has experience in both managing pre-clinical studies, pilot plant manufacturing and Phase 1 through large Phase 4 studies. Her efforts were instrumental in licensure of 6 vaccines worldwide and licensure of 2 broad spectrum antibiotics for multi-drug resistant organisms. She has conducted pivotal studies in an oral immunological modulator targeted for rheumatoid arthritis as well as studies for a topical growth factor for promoting healing of diabetic and venous stasis ulcers. In addition, she has led teams for licensing-in key compounds for development that resulted in billion dollar products. She has represented small, privately owned companies to financial institutions for successful transformation from privately owned companies into publicly traded corporations.

Jo has been an invited speaker to several infectious disease and clinical development conferences. In addition, she has authored over 30 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals as either a senior author or contributing author. In her 30+ year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Jo has co-authored over 30 INDs, MAAs and INADs; designed and conducted over 70 Phase 1–4 clinical trials, filed 6 BLA/MAAs, one sNDA for a broad spectrum antibiotic and has been instrumental in designing Clinical Development plans and conducting clinical trials that have resulted in licensure of 6 vaccines worldwide and Tigecycline®. She led a group of engineers and scientist to successfully manufacture and launch a conjugated meningococcal vaccine, which is licensed in several European countries. She has conducted face-to-face meetings with regulatory agencies in the United States and Europe on at least 50 occasions, discussing regulatory strategies for several vaccines and anti-infective compounds.

Academically, Jo was a lecturer for a course on Vaccine Development and was on the ID Affiliate Staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She also cared for HIV infected patients at the VA hospital in Philadelphia. She was Assistant to the Intramural Scientific Director of the NIAID at the NIH and oversaw the training of Fellows at the NIAID and the care of HIV patients and patients with immunological disorders. She conducted basic research on the function of eosinophils in adults with parasitic disease which resulted in publication in a prestigious Infectious Disease Journal. In addition, she filed the IND for the use of gamma interferon for use in patients with chronic granulomatous disease, initiated the study in patients at the NIH which resulted in licensure of the product and several publication in peer review journals, including the the New England Journal of Medicine.

Educationally, Jo holds a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from medical school and highest honors from University of Texas at Austin in Microbiology.

Philanthropically, she serves her community as a volunteer for Manna on Main Street, providing meals to local individuals in need of assistance. She supports the Wissahickon Watershed in local environmental stewardship, the Sierra Club for national environmental issues, Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health for quality health care to at-risk communities worldwide.

Personally, Jo has been a ballerina, marathon runner, triathlete, possessing several trophies indicating her sporting prowess. She ran for Pennsylvania State Legislator in 1996 and 2012 and garnered over 40% of the vote against an entrenched incumbent. She has raised 6 children/step-children into high functioning adults (2 with PhDs and 2 with master degrees), all successfully employed. Her loves at present are 4 grandchildren, teaching piano, gardening and participating in hiking and biking group vacations to scenic places in the US and abroad.