Maria Luisa R. Candelore, MSc, has joined GCaps as Director for all projects in the Life Sciences sector.


Mari was most recently Director in the External Scientific Partnerships group supporting strategic interests
of JDRF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  In her role,
Mari worked at the research-business interface providing support to the JDRF Research Team in the
identification, analysis, formation and project management of strategic research alliance and partnership
collaborations with academics and the healthcare industry to further the mission of the JDRF in T1D.
Among her duties was close work with the Research Team to evaluate industry proposals for research
funding, to help create the business case, and to lead in agreement negotiations.  Specifically, she
supported the evaluation of devices for an artificial pancreas project, microbiome, beta cell regeneration, 
and repurposing of drugs with potential to impact the lives of people with diabetes. 

Mari Candelore came to JDRF from Merck Research Laboratories' External Scientific Affairs Department,
where she engaged in licensing, contract negotiation and alliance management activities. She
supported biology and technology deals from their early stages, clinical development through to
commercialization (in both U.S. and developing markets).
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular
  • immunology
  • oncology
  • infectious diseases
  • biomarkers
  • proteomics
  • genomics
  • imaging
  • informatics
  • in vivo models
  • drug delivery and formulation

Prior to her licensing, Mari was a "bench scientist" at Merck, working in several therapeutic areas:
  • Microbiology/Molecular Biology
  • Growth Factor Research
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Obesity
  • Immunology
and lastly, in Diabetes, under Dr. Bei Zhang to develop novel inhibitors of gluconeogenesis.
Mari has authored or co-authored more than sixty peer-reviewed publications and presented
her work at major international conferences.  She is a graduate of Vassar College and
received her Master's degree in Biology from New York University.  Mari is married to GCaps
co-Founder and Managing Partner, Dan Candelore.  Together they have a son, Darek, and
daughter Nikki, and one granddaughter, Amelia.

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