Roopa Rai is a Medicinal Chemist with more than 20 years of experience in Drug Discovery in the Biotech industry. She has had leadership roles in multiple projects in oncology (including cancer metabolism, Immuno-Oncology, DNA damage), thrombosis, anti-virals, CNS and metabolic diseases. She is an energetic, goal-oriented problem solver with established success in delivering project goals and a successful track record of driving programs from discovery to IND ready compounds, including four clinical candidates. She is a co-author/inventor on numerous patents and publications. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Organic synthesis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she gained further experience through postdoctoral research at Cornell University and at Stanford University. She is Senior Director at Assembly Biosciences and her previous experiences include stints at Medivation and Celera Genomics.