Justin Yang is the Director of the DRIVe Catalyst Office. Justin is charged with leading a great team of restless innovators focusing on expanding the impact of the Accelerator Network, Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Agency (BARDA) Ventures program, and accelerating commercialization of technologies for DRIVe and other BARDA programs.
Justin joined BARDA in 2016, working as the BARDA budget officer and innovation project officer within the Office of the Director (OD). Since his time at BARDA, he has worked on projects across many divisions including IEIDD and CBRN. In 2018, he was one of the first members working in DRIVe to assist with the formation of the division. Prior to joining BARDA, he worked both within the U.S. Government as a Department of Defense contractor, supporting clinical trials and research in infectious diseases (Influenza, HIV, and STI); and in the private sector for Advanced Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. a subsidiary of Institute Merieux as a co-investigator on the NIAID Division of AIDS Master Contract for vaccine development and the NIAID DMID master contract for manufacturing of biologics. Justin started his career as a stockbroker for TD Ameritrade (public securities and equity side) prior to switching to the biomedical research field.