Dimitris K. Agrafiotis, PhD, FRSC

  • Chief Data Officer

Dimitris K. Agrafiotis, PhD, FRSC, is Vice President, Chief Data Officer & Head of Technology Products at Covance, where he is responsible for the architecture, design, implementation, operation, and support of information technology services, and for establishing an encompassing informatics vision to infuse innovation and strategic differentiation into the company’s product offerings.

Prior to joining Covance in 2013, he spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (now Janssen R&D), where he served as Vice President of Informatics and Research & Early Development IT. Dr. Agrafiotis received his PhD in Theoretical Organic Chemistry in 1988 from Imperial College, London, and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University, where he worked with Nobel laureate E. J. Corey. In 1991, he joined Parke-Davis as a Senior Scientist in the computer-aided drug design group, and in 1994 he moved to 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals (3DP) as a founding member of its scientific staff, responsible for building the company’s informatics and computational drug design capabilities. Following a successful IPO and the acquisition of 3DP by Johnson & Johnson in 2003, he was appointed Senior Research Fellow and Team Leader of the Molecular Design & Informatics group, a position he held until 2006 when he was appointed global head of Informatics and Research & Early Development IT.

His work spans many areas of computational life sciences and informatics, and is documented in more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and 18 issued US patents.

He is a member of the Covance Global Operating Committee and the Covance Science Council, and holds two adjunct faculty appointments. In 2012 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of his contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research.