With nearly 10 years of experience in new drug development of novel therapies for HIV and hepatitis, Dr. Peter Ackerman brings a wealth of knowledge, insight, and leadership to ViiV Healthcare’s research and development team. With achievements in clinical medicine, research, teaching, and public service, Peter has a distinguished publication history and is recognized for his outstanding commitment and contributions to education, clinical care, and research on behalf of children and adults. His clinical and research skills add keen insight and a fresh approach to ViiV to help uncover innovative medicines to better serve the HIV community.
Peter joined ViiV Healthcare in 2016 as a Project Physician Lead. In this role, he is responsible for clinical strategy, safety monitoring, and clinical data interpretation/reporting for the adult and pediatric programs for fostemsavir, a novel, first-in-class HIV-1 attachment inhibitor; and combinectin, a novel HIV-1 injectable biologic.
Prior to joining ViiV, Peter spent five years as a Director and Medical Monitor in Virology, Global Clinical Research for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in Wallingford, Connecticut. His responsibilities included clinical trial conduct and safety monitoring as well as interpretation and reporting of clinical data across the adult and pediatric programs for several investigational agents: fostemsavir (now acquired by ViiV), daclatasvir (an anti-HCV direct-acting antiviral NS5a inhibitor), and entecavir (an anti-HBV antiviral nucleoside analogue). While at BMS, Peter was honored with selection for the Next Generation Leadership Program, a company-wide development program for employees who have demonstrated leadership and performance skills. He was also appointed Co-Lead and Developer on a project that introduced data visualization for clinicians as a means to enhance clinical trial safety monitoring.
Prior to his experience in industry, Peter worked as a clinician providing primary care in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for several years at a community health center in Tampa, Florida. A notable public service contribution was Peter’s two-year post-baccalaureate commitment as a Community Activist/Team Leader in Boston, where he developed and led community service projects dedicated to addressing low-income housing and homelessness issues.
Peter received his MD in 2002 from Jefferson Medical College (Sidney Kimmel Medical College) in Philadelphia, and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. His undergraduate work was at Duke University, where he received a BA in Political Science. Peter is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Infectious Diseases.
Peter lives in Madison, Connecticut with his wife Beth, and their four children.