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Dr Draghia-Akli is Deputy Director-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission, responsible for the Research Programmes. She serves as the Commission representative in the Governing Boards of most Joint Technology Initiatives of the EU with different industrial sectors. Dr Draghia-Akli joined the European Commission in 2009 as Director for Health Research in DG RTD. She has contributed considerably during these past years to the successes of the ‘Health’ Programme. She holds a MD degree and a PhD degree in human genetics from the University Carol Davilla, Romania and has participated in a fellowship programme in Genetics and Metabolic Pathology Department in “René Descartes” University in France, and a post-doctoral training in molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine, USA. Before joining the Commission, Ruxandra worked in biotechnology companies, as Vice-President managing research programmes in the area of gene therapy and DNA vaccination.