Zach Rome is science educator turned “inventrepreneur”. In 2013, Zach co-founded Patagonia Pharmaceuticals to develop treatments for unmet needs in medical dermatology. The Company’s lead product is being developed for a rare genetic disorder called Congenital Ichthyosis and is currently in Phase 2 studies.
Previously, Zach was a middle school science teacher and the Founder and Executive Director of The Schooba Academy, a nonprofit after-school program teaching at-risk students science through scuba diving. Zach has degrees in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami and an MST in Adolescent Science Biology from Pace University. Zach is a NYC Teaching Fellow, the Grand Prize Winner of the 2041 International Teachers’ Contest (sponsored by Random House), a PADI OWSI Instructor, a First Aid/CPR Instructor, and a former volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. Zach has worked and/or traveled in over 50 countries and all 7 continents.