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Executive Leadership

 
 
 

Dr. Jose F. Rodriguez-Orengo
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer &
Bioanalytical Laboratory Director

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Dr. Rodriguez-Orengo obtained his BS with concentration in chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 1985. He was awarded a Minority Biomedical Research Program Award in 1983 to perform his undergraduate Research. As an undergraduate student presented several times including national meetings. He moved to Texas A&M University obtaining his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1989. He obtained various scholarships and fellowships from the Puerto Rico government, the University of Puerto Rico, Hispanic Fund and the Robert Welch Foundation. In 1989. Dr. Rodriguez-Orengo has over 55 peer-reviewed articles. 

In 2009, joined Fundacion de Investigacion de Diego, a private clinical research center to foster more research in Puerto Rico. In 2011, returned to the Department of Biochemistry where he is member of the Academic Senate and Graduate Coordinator. With Dr. Raul Mayo designed the graduate course entitled: From Mendel to Collins: History and Philosophy of the Genetic Code. He was named Acting Chancellor at the UPR-Medical Sciences Campus from May 2013 until Jan 2014. Dr. Rodriguez Orengo leads the state-of-the-art Bioanalytical laboratory at FDI where multiple analytical assays have been developed and validated complimenting FDI clinic to become a one-stop-shop for pharmaceutical companies. Numerous investigator initiated research projects are underway at FDI. As FDI new CEO, he has the vision of integration and collaboration among different entities towards a common goal of promoting Puerto Rico as a premier location for clinical research.


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Grisell Ortíz-Lasanta, MD
Associate Director
Internal Medicine 

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Grisell Ortiz-Lasanta, Clinical Research Associate, Sub-Investigator and Principal Investigator at Fundación de Investigación earned her medical degree from the UPR School of Medicine in San Juan on 2004. She completed her internship and Internal Medicine residency at the UPR School of Medicine. Dr. Ortiz-Lasanta is a member of the American College of Physician and was a student member of the American Chemical Society on 1997. Her clinical interests include: Hepatitis C in the Latino population, Hypertension and Diabetes. Dr. Ortiz-Lasanta has been conducting research since 2007 and is trained under Good Clinical Practices. She has been reviewer of different Journals including: Annals of Hepatology and Journal of medical Virology.


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Michelle Echeandia
Clinical Operations Director
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Michelle Echeandia obtained her bachelor’s degree in Science with concentration in Biology in the University of Puerto Rico. She then made her post bachelors degree in Medical Technology in the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Science Campus followed by a master’s degree in Molecular Biology in the Interamerican University of PR.

She started in FDI in 2006 as a clinical Study Coordinator for trials in different therapeutic areas as hepatitis C and oncology, and also conducted phase I trials with pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics specialty and experience. Then she created and directed the Quality Control Program where she implemented different operational standards and in-house audit programs.

Since 2011 she has become part of the executive team in FDI as the Clinical Operations Director where she supervises daily operational procedures at the center and part of the clinical team. She is in charge of the ongoing process of all clinical trials including phase I, II, III and IV trials, budget negotiations and contracts as well as programming monitor’s and auditor’s visits from different sponsors and FDA. Actually she is also Co-Director of the Quality Control Program and team she helped to design. She also collaborated in different manuscripts and abstracts directed by our founder Dr. Maribel Rodríguez-Torres.

 


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Who We Are?

Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fundación de Investigación (FDI) is a clinical research center with state-of-the-art facilities that comprise medical treatment for multiple conditions, a 30-bed phase I unit, an in-house bioanalytical laboratory, multispecialty experienced personnel, and the latest in medical technology. We are also an active medical care facility for patients with diverse medical ailments.

Executive Leadership

Dr. Jose F. Rodriguez-Orengo
Chief Executive Offcicer - CEO,
Chief Scientific Officer & BioLab Director


Grisell Ortíz-Lasanta, MD
Associate Director

Mirelis Acosta, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Michelle Echeandia
Chief Operating Officer

Our partners

Gilead Pharmaceuticals
Amgen
Astra Zeneca
Bristol Myers Squibb
GlaxoSmithKline
Merck Sharp
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Pfizer
Sanofi-aventis
Jansen Pharmaceuticals

Where to find us?

Address
Fundación de Investigación
998 Muñoz Rivera Ave.
San Juan, PR 00927

Phone Number
Tel. (787) 722-1248
Fax. (787) 721-6098