Binodh DeSilva, Ph.D.
Head of Analytical and Bioanalytical Operations
Binodh leads a team responsible for analytical and bioanalytical operations within the Pharmaceutical Development organization.
Binodh joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2010 to lead Immunochemistry and Biomarker Development. In that role, she led the development, validation and implementation of immunoassays, biological and other techniques to quantify biopharmaceutical drugs and related compounds in biological samples, to support drug development. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Binodh held positions of increasing leadership at Amgen, including head of the protein bioanalytical group.
Binodh received her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry from the University of Kansas and completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. In addition to her scientific expertise, Binodh is skilled in building and developing teams.
Binodh has published and presented extensively in her field. She is the lead author on Recommendations for the Bioanalytical Method Validation of Ligand-binding Assays to Support Pharmacokinetic Assessments of Macromolecule, a paper that helped the FDA to incorporate ligand binding assay criteria into their bioanalytical guidance.
The most exciting thing about her role, Binodh says, is the ability to work across the entire portfolio and see the potential of the pipeline as the assets develop.
Interests and Expertise
Binodh is an active, dedicated mentor and coach, and is passionate about supporting others in the field. She was recently named “International Mentor of the Year” by WisdomShare, and is currently serving a three-year term as President of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. One of her most rewarding professional experiences is seeing young scientists grow in their careers.
She credits her graduate advisor with encouraging her to keeping her mind open to other disciplines. Due to his encouragement, she explored several disciplines when considering her dissertation. During this process she became interested in immunology, and combined immunology and analytical chemistry in her research. She would go on to hold roles in immunochemistry in her career.
Outside of work, Binodh supports the activities in which her children participate, including scouting. She believes strongly in encouraging her children to be good citizens and make contributions to the world outside of academics. She also enjoys hiking and reading a good book.