Lawrence D. Kerr, PhD (Larry)

Deputy Vice President, Global Health and Multilateral Affairs, PhRMA

Larry leads PhRMA’s engagement with global health issues, developing and implementing strategies, alliance development, diplomatic engagement platforms, and communications related to PhRMA’s priorities in multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), international institutions like the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as multilateral forums like the G7 and G20. Previous to his role at PhRMA, Larry was the Director, Pandemic and Emerging Threats at the Office Global Affairs (US HSS), where he oversaw a policy portfolio including the Global Health Security Agenda 2024 policy development and implementation, pandemic influenza preparedness, World Health Organization R&D Blueprint efforts on emerging threats, countering antimicrobial resistance, and security policy issues (biosafety and biosecurity, biothreat prevention, and dual-use research of concern).

Larry has also served as the Director for Medical Preparedness Policy at the White House National Security Council Staff as the principal staff member responsible for coordinating policy regarding public health and medical resilience for biological events, including his role on the Ebola Task Force. He previously served as the Director for Biodefense Policy with the White House Homeland Security Council in the Executive Office of the President (EOP). He served as Assistant Director for Homeland Security for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and as Director of Bioterrorism, Research, and Development for the Office of Homeland Security in the EOP.

The author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, Larry is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his PhD in Cell Biology from Vanderbilt University in 1990 and undertook his post-doctoral work at the Salk Institute.