Derek K. Rapp


Derek Rapp is President and C.E.O. of JDRF. Prior to his appointment in 2014, Derek served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for JDRF International and was JDRF Research Committee Chair. He has been involved in the research funding and oversight activities of JDRF since 2005. Derek and his wife Emily’s son Turner was diagnosed with T1D in 2004 at age 10.

From early 2001 until February 2011, Derek was C.E.O. of Divergence, Inc., a venture-backed biotech company finding solutions in the prevention and control of pest infections. He led the successful sale of the company in February 2011. As CEO of Divergence, Derek’s main responsibilities included developing and implementing the company’s strategy, ensuring suitable financing of the company, implementing relationships with licensees and collaborators, and overseeing operations.

Derek earned his M.B.A. in Finance and Corporate Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in Economics and German from Brown University.