Peter Farina works with great entrepreneurs and scientists to bring innovative medicines to patients. Since 2008, he has been identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in the healthcare sciences for the Canaan team. Passionate about R&D in the fields of chemistry and biology, Peter's accomplishments in drug research include the successful development and registration of Viramune® (nevirapine) and Aptivus® for HIV, Atrovent® HFA for COPD/emphysema and Jardiance® (empagliflozin) for diabetes.
Prior to joining the team at Canaan, Peter served as Senior Vice President of Development at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for the North American development of drugs in the therapeutic areas of immunology/inflammation, virology and cardio/metabolic diseases. Peter also served as vice president of research, director of inflammatory diseases and director of biochemistry during his 28 year career with the company. Previously, Peter worked on the development of immunodiagnostics for the Corporate Research Laboratories and Medical Products Division of Union Carbide Corporation.
Peter currently serves as the co-chair and board member of Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE); the advisory board of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, member of the NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN) steering committee; Emory University DRIVE Advisory Board, and was a Founder and CEO of Developing World Cures, a nonprofit company working on neglected diseases. He also advises several biotech companies with a China focus. Peter holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from SUNY Buffalo, and completed postdoctoral work in bioorganic chemistry at Pennsylvania State University. He also received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
"Bees have found perfection using hexagons. Molecules are frequently composed of hexagons and benzene rings. The symmetry and elegance of the natural world brings me pleasure and joy."
My world, from childhood, has always been intertwined with science/chemistry and nature. I enjoy studying bees and harvesting honey. Raising grapes and making wine and even vinegar. Growing a variety of vegetables and cooking them. Following the cycle of life from seeds to sprouts to harvest. Making artisan bread using my own cultivated wild yeast.