Dr. Olivo has twenty years experience in the biotechnology industry in key executive positions at both established and start-up companies. He is former Senior Medical Director of Quidel Corporation, a medical diagnostic device company in San Diego, CA. Prior to joining Quidel Dr Olivo was Senior Vice President of R&D at Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. (Athens, OH) where he played a significant role in managing the company’s pipeline and intellectual property during the acquisition of the company by Quidel Corporation (San Diego, CA) in 2010.
Dr Olivo served as VP of R&D at St Louis start-up Apath, LLC and in 2000 became President and CSO. Dr. Olivo led a successful effort to license Apath’s key hepatitis C virus patents to multiple diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies and led the development of a novel technology to develop antiviral drugs which was instrumental in the company’s receiving 18 federal grants totaling over $12M from 1999-2007.
While on the faculty at Washington University Dr. Olivo’s ELVIS technology was licensed to Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. a small medical diagnostics company in Ohio. Dr. Olivo worked closely with the company as it grew from 6 employees to 200 employees and $50M in sales when it was acquired by Quidel.
Dr. Olivo is a licensed physician and board-certified Internist. His medical degree was obtained from the University of Florida and his residency training (Internal Medicine) was performed at the University of Wisconsin where he was chief medical resident. Dr. Olivo performed his postdoctoral training in molecular virology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH. He joined the faculty of Washington University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases in 1989, and he retains an appointment as an adjunct member of the faculty in Molecular Microbiology. Dr Olivo is the inventor of multiple U.S. and foreign patents and has extensive knowledge of the application of genetically engineered cells to medical diagnostics. Currently Dr. Olivo is focusing his efforts on working with institutions in the greater St. Louis area to promote start up companies in the life sciences.