Catharina Boehme

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)

As CEO of FIND, Dr Catharina Boehme oversees the operations of the organization together with the assistance of the heads of programme and supporting staff.

In her previous roles at FIND, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Head of the TB programme, Catharina was responsible for the clinical evaluation of new tools for diagnosis for TB, malaria and neglected diseases. She also oversaw FIND’s downstream activities, which focused on laboratory strengthening, in-country validation and implementation. Catharina managed the R&D projects for several new point of care technologies and molecular diagnostic approaches, which required close interaction with the diagnostics industry, academia and WHO.

Since 2013, Catharina has been serving as co-Chair of the New Diagnostics Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership, and in April 2015 she became a member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG-TB).

Catharina has an extensive background in clinical evaluation and has managed over 30 early-stage trials, and five late-phase large-scale trials, including those for five diagnostic tools recently endorsed by WHO. She played a key role in FIND’s Xpert MTB/RIF feasibility, evaluation and implementation studies in 12 high-burden countries, with a focus on identifying ways to adapt the device for use in low-resource settings.

Prior to joining FIND in 2005, she worked as programme coordinator for the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Munich, Germany and established a TB research unit at Mbeya Medical Research Program in Tanzania.

Catharina holds a Doctor of Medicine degree in Internal Medicine (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany) and diplomas in Public Health (Charite, Berlin, Germany) and in Management & Leadership (University of Heidelberg, Germany).