Ruan Cox, PhD

Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Operations, Regeneron

Raised in Miami, Ruan Cox first came to Tampa Bay in 2009 for graduate school at USF’s College of Medicine to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. He found a great opportunity as an Industry Alliance Development Associate at H. Lee Moffitt Center, working with pharmaceutical and drug companies that may want to partner with the center. His accomplishments at Moffitt landed him his latest role as Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Business Operations at Regeneron, a biotechnology company known for its innovation in monoclonal antibody therapies against COVID-19.

Cox was impressed by the Moffitt Cancer Center’s skilled team and their use of cutting edge research and resources to discover innovative cancer treatments. New diagnostics, new tests, and new drugs and new algorithms for patients have all helped in the center’s research.

This level of innovation is something that Cox sees mirrored in Tampa Bay as well. The legislatures and decision makers in Tampa are open to new ideas and respect the opinions and ideals of younger generations. This has led to the creation of a city culture that is attractive to millennials and that continues to draw in a talented workforce.

“Wonderful, large, well-established businesses are popping up in different areas that are making Tampa their home,” Cox says “And I think that other people would do well to make this place their home as well.”