Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization bolsters leadership with
new board members and vice chairs.
Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) today announced the
election of Andy Hull as chairman of the iBIO Board of Directors, and
the election of Linda Friedman, as chairperson of the iBIO Institute
Board of Directors.
As Vice President of Global Alliance Management for Takeda
Pharmaceuticals, Hull is responsible for maximizing the success of
Takeda’s growing number of commercial and research and development
partnerships. Hull has substantial experience in the biotech industry,
with a focus on marketing, commercial development and partnerships.
Before joining Takeda in 2002, Hull worked at Immunex as a Vice
President of Specialty Therapeutics Marketing and at Abbott Laboratories
in sales and marketing. Hull received a bachelor’s degree in biology
from Kenyon College in 1985 and is a member of the Kenyon College Board
Linda Friedman has been with Astellas US LLC and its predecessor
companies since 1993. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, she
is responsible for legal, compliance, and internal audit for the
Americas region, along with intellectual property for the U.S. Friedman
has been a member of the Board of Directors for two years and has been a
strong supporter of PROPEL and EDUCATE. She has been an active member of
the PhRMA law section and chaired the Law Section Executive Committee in
2006-2007. A Chicago native, Friedman graduated from the University of
Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in social work and went on to receive
her law degree from Northwestern University.
iBIO also named Joe Nolan, chief commercial officer of Lundbeck, Inc. as
vice chair of human health; and Robb Leming, senior finance manager –
Heartland Business Unit of DuPont Pioneer, as vice chairman for food and
agriculture. iBIO also elected as new board members Percival
Barretto-Ko, senior vice president of corporate strategy and government
affairs, Astellas US LLC; and Claudia Roth, PhD, president of Vetter
Development Services USA, Inc.
David Miller, president and CEO of iBIO and the iBIO Institute said, “We
are fortunate here in Illinois to have an amazing array of executive
talent in the agricultural, medical and bio-industrial sectors. Being
able to recruit to our boards of directors people of this caliber is a
tribute to the high level of civic-mindedness of these industrial
iBIO Chairman-elect Andy Hull added, “I am honored to be elected as
Chairman. Working with my fellow board members, I look forward to
continuing the great work of this organization as we seek to make
Illinois and the surrounding Midwest a globally recognized biotechnology
Said iBIO Institute Chairperson Linda Friedman, “It is truly an honor
and a privilege to Chair the iBIO Institute Board for 2014. I have spent
the majority of my professional career in the life sciences industry and
am proud to be an ambassador for iBIO Institute. I look forward to the
opportunity to support and further contribute to the Institute including
the great works of PROPEL and EDUCATE.”
To view the complete 2014 iBIO Board of Directors, visit ibio.org/board-of-directors.
To view the complete 2014 iBIO Institute Board of Directors, visit ibioinstitute.org/board-of-directors.
iBIO aims to make Illinois and the surrounding Midwest one of the
world’s top life sciences centers, a great place to do business and a
great place to grow new technology ventures. iBIO advocates for sound
public policy at the local, state and federal levels, improves our
region’s ability to create, attract and retain businesses, and
orchestrates industry involvement to help restore America’s leadership
in math and science education.
About iBIO Institute
The mission of the iBIO Institute is to orchestrate business leadership
in delivery of world-class educational programs and job-creating new
technology ventures. The Institute’s EDUCATE Center delivers science and
math programs for teachers and students, thereby inspiring the next
generation of innovators and helping restore America’s leadership in
technology education. The Institute’s PROPEL Center increases the number
and success rate of early-stage life sciences companies in Illinois.
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