David R. Higgins, Ph.D.
1st Vice President
Dr. Higgins has a professional background in biotechnology research, project management, and business development. He has held positions at several biotech companies, most recently as Executive VP for Business Development and Head of US Operations for BioMedica, Inc., a UK-based gene therapy company. He served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at SDSU and as an Instructor in the biotech technician-training program at SD City College.
More recently Higgins has done consulting work in the biotech industry and has volunteered for various community-oriented organizations. He served as foreman of the 2006/2007 San Diego County Grand Jury. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties and on the Executive Committee of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.
He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Rochester in New York, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute before moving to San Diego in 1990. He lives in the Northpark neighborhood of San Diego with his husband and their chocolate lab.
Higgins has a long family history of Parkinson’s disease, a connection that became even more personal with his own diagnosis in 2011. Higgins leads a Parkinson’s support group and he hopes to use his scientific background and volunteer time to further the mission of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego to help those affected by this disease and to work for a cure.