Carlos Paya, MD, PhD

Interim Head of R&D

Former CEO of Immune Design, previously Elan, Eli Lilly, and Mayo Clinic

Carlos is the former CEO of Immune Design Corp., a late-stage Immunotherapy company which was acquired by Merck & Co. in April 2019. He previously served as President of Elan Pharmaceuticals and spent several years with Eli Lilly and Co. in discovery research and clinical development leadership roles, including Global Leader of the diabetes and endocrine franchise. Prior to his industry roles, Carlos spent nearly a decade at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester where his roles included Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Pathology, and Vice Dean of the clinical investigation program. Carlos is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Mallinckrodt, Highlight Therapeutics and Fluidigm.

After receiving his medical and doctorate degrees from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid Medical School, Dr. Paya completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He was a research scientist in a post-doctoral position at Institute Pasteur in Paris and completed the advanced management program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.