Leadership Team

Steve Festin


Steve Festin, PhD, is the Scientific Program Director for the Long COVID Project at Every Cure. He is an entrepreneurial life scientist and leader in supporting preclinical contract research and discovery. He has dedicated his career to nurturing and developing great scientific ideas into solutions that have an impact on human health. 

Prior to joining Every Cure, Steve was Senior Director of Scientific and Commercial Development at Charles River Laboratories. He spent almost a decade at CRL innovating preclinical cancer research models and technologies, leading academic partnering initiatives studying neurotropism in SARS-CoV2 infection, identifying new preclinical technologies, and establishing platforms for rodent humanization, CRISPR engineering, and microbiome sequencing. He previously held positions as VP of Research at Pulmokine,Inc., Director Global Scientific Operations and Development at Taconic Biosciences, Director Bioinformatics/Biology Computing Facility at Hamilton College, Principal Scientist at Bioreliance, Inc. and a post doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. Steve earned a BS in Chemistry from Villanova University and a PhD in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology from Albany Medical College.

Steve also loves the outdoors and nature. In his free time, you may find him hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing in the NY Adirondacks or rowing on a local river. In his commitment to scientific excellence combined with an adventurous spirit he strives to help others overcome life’s challenges by experiencing the great outdoors.

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