Associate Director, FasterCures
Raymond Puerini is an associate director at FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute. He currently leads FasterCures’ nonprofit capacity-building portfolio, which includes The Research Acceleration and Innovation Network (TRAIN), LeadersLink, and the Rare As One Mentorship Program, as well as FasterCures’ patient engagement work. He has experience in public health program operations, emergency preparedness and response, and biological sciences within the government, nonprofit sector, and pharmaceutical industry. Previously, Puerini was a senior program analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), leading efforts to build local health department capacity to distribute and dispense emergency medical countermeasures (MCMs) and prepare for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and cybersecurity threats. Prior to NACCHO, Puerini served as the MCM coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), where he led the development of Philadelphia’s plans to provide medications to city residents during public health emergencies. Prior to PDPH, Puerini held positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources Services Administration, working on issues related to antimicrobial resistance, the 430B Drug Pricing Program, and laboratory response. Puerini also worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Amgen, Alkermes, and Shire, where he worked on projects related to document management, analytical chemistry, new drug applications, and biologic pharmaceutical production. Puerini received a BA in biology and neuroscience from Wesleyan University and a master’s of public health in epidemiology from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.