David Larwood is a founder, the CEO, and chief chemist for Valley Fever Solutions, running the manufacturing process for a novel antifungal headed for Phase 2a trials in summer 2020. In his role as BD lead, he is responsible for many aspects of the company’s planning and operations.
Valley Fever Solutions is a small startup working first on a new and improved treatment for Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis). Their NikZ will transform the standard of care.
Mr. Larwood co-invented his first two commercial molecules before age 30. His PhD research at UC San Francisco established the foundation for PEGylated drugs widely used today, where he co-invented suitable PEGylated lipids to make the very first PEGylated liposomes. As a bench chemist, he was the first to make Iotrolan, a CT contrast agent, now generic.
Moving to law, he advised well known companies on patent matters, later moving to Apple Computer. Later, he took a VP role at startup FormFactor, staying in an IP role, then became the first General Counsel for startup Verisity Design, taking them public in 2001, then ultimately through acquisition in 2005.
Mr. Larwood is the third of his family to be involved in Valley Fever. His father was a clinician who developed an interest in the disease decades ago when the family moved to Bakersfield, California, a focal area for the disease. His mother started a foundation in about 1998 and raised some $20M for research into vaccines against Valley Fever.
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