Jim Gallarda is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA. He has over 25 years of industry experience in development of commercial infectious disease and oncology-related companion diagnostics. During his tenure at Abbott Laboratories and Roche Molecular Diagnostics, he oversaw multiple teams developing immunodiagnostic & PCR systems for HIV-1, HIV-2, HCV, HBV and West Nile Virus. While at Roche Molecular, Jim obtained an MBA and eventually lead its global business for Genomics & Oncology. Afterwards, he moved into Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a diagnostic lead overseeing development of a companion diagnostic for tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia. He now serves as a diagnostic lead for the Foundation’s efforts in tuberculosis, and has oversight for investments in next generation sequencing and other molecular applications in global health.