Dr Francesco Marinucci has more than 16 years’ experience managing global health programs and working closely with ministries of health, NGOs and manufacturers. He brings a unique mix of corporate, non-profit, academic research and laboratory management expertise to his new role at FIND. Dr Marinucci graduated in Chemistry from the University of Rome La Sapienza, and completed his PhD in Public Health and Microbiology from the same institution, with a research study on the epidemiology and transmission patterns of HIV and other STDs among rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Biochemistry from the School of Medicine of the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He held several positions in clinical laboratory hospitals, mainly in Microbiology and Hematology departments. He is member of different scientific societies and European Specialist in Laboratory Medicine since 2004. From 2007 to 2012, Dr Marinucci worked at the Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland in Baltimore where he directed the Global Laboratory Program. In this position, he had oversight of a 20+ member team, providing strategic leadership and technical direction that the institute implemented under a PEPFAR grant in 9 countries. Under his leadership, the Global Laboratory Program supported 229 laboratories and trained hundreds of laboratory workers in the sub-Saharan African region, as well as in other PEPFAR countries in the Caribbean region. For the past five years, Dr Marinucci has been working as Director of Essential Healthcare with Partec GmbH, then with Sysmex Corporation. His major focus was on strategy and business development related to access to quality diagnostic products, and on establishing new partnerships with WHO, UN agencies, ASLM and USAID. He also serves as speaker for the German Healthcare Partnership on topics related to laboratory medicine in sub-Saharan Africa.