Christine Rousseau, PhD

Dr. Christine Rousseau brings over 20 years of international experience as a life sciences executive supporting the development of diagnostics, devices and vaccines. She currently serves as the Chief Business Development Officer for the American Society for Microbiology where she supports strategy and partnerships.

In her past roles as a Vice President of Corporate Development at Chembio Diagnostics Systems, Inc. and as Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she established partnerships between major biopharmaceutical, diagnostic industry, academia and global organizations including Takeda, Mylan, Roche, UNICEF, UNITAID, the Global Fund and many others. Most recently, Dr. Rousseau led and closed deals raising $8.5M/year for Chembio Diagnostics Systems, Inc. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she directed over $250M USD in assets for the development of molecular, cellular, and serology diagnostic technologies. To enable such technology development, her work included the creation of an innovation hub to support laboratory systems globally and an African research organization to support clinical studies necessary for regulatory submission.

Dr. Rousseau has played several leadership roles on cross-functional teams covering corporate strategy, acquisition prospecting, deal negotiations and financial investments, i.e. grants, equity, loans, strategic partnerships, license agreements. She has been recognized consistently by peers for integrity, strategic acumen, leadership, and scientific expertise.

She received her BS in Molecular Genetics from Ohio State University, her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkley, and an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.