Liberti Appointed New Director of D.K. Kim International Center

Regulatory expert Lawrence Liberti will lead the D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science.

Lawrence Liberti, PhD, has joined the USC Mann School as director of the D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science and as an associate professor of the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences.

Prior to his USC appointments, Liberti was head of regulatory collaborations and executive director at the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science in London and an adjunct research professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. Previous experience includes being executive director of the nonprofit Erudee Foundation, which provides educational opportunities in healthcare in low-income countries. He is also a current board member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) and past board member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).

Liberti has been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for almost four decades. He founded Pharmaceutical Information Associates, a regulatory consulting firm that he served as president from 1990 to 2005. He has also worked as a pharmacist at community and academic hospital pharmacies.

As director of the D.K. Kim International Center, Liberti succeeds the retiring Frances Richmond, PhD, founding chair of the Mann School’s Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences and whose leadership established the center in 2012.

“Dr. Liberti was the ideal candidate to build on Dr. Richmond’s extraordinary legacy,” notes Vassilios Papadopoulos, dean of the USC Mann School. “Her vision and drive propelled the D.K. Kim International Center as the preeminent resource for training, research and analysis that fosters regulatory harmonization. And Dr. Liberti combines the expertise and passion necessary to take the center’s mission to new levels in helping improve health worldwide.”

That expertise was honored when Liberti was named global fellow in medicines development by the International Federation of Associates of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine Academy. His other plaudits include the AMWA Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Through his expertise, Dr. Liberti will enhance our curriculum, contribute to expanding our research, and foster growth within the international regulatory science field,” says Eunjoo Pacifici, current chair and associate professor of the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences.

Liberti earned his PhD in International Regulatory Policy from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his MSc pharmacognosy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.