People: Athersys Inc (ATHX.OQ)
Dr. Lee E. Babiss, Ph.D., is Lead Independent Director of Athersys, Inc. Dr. Babiss has served as Lead Director since October 2013 and a Director since August 2010. Dr. Babiss is currently Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Therapeutics Corp., a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule medicines targeting the RNA epitranscriptome, where he has served since 2017. Previously, Dr. Babiss was the CEO of X-Rx, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the rapid and cost-effective discovery and development of small molecule medicines, where he served from 2012 until his appointment at Gotham Therapeutics. Dr. Babiss was the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Discovery Innovation of PPD, Inc., a clinical research organization, where he served from February 2010 to 2016. Dr. Babiss was formerly President and Director of Global Pharmaceutical Research at Roche, a pharmaceutical company, from 1998 until his appointment at PPD. Prior to Roche, Dr. Babiss spent seven years with Glaxo, Inc., now GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company, where he held senior positions, including Vice President of Biological Sciences and Genetics. Dr. Babiss received his doctorate in Microbiology from Columbia University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller University, where he served as an assistant and associate professor. Dr. Babiss has received numerous fellowship awards and grants and serves on several scientific advisory committees and boards. Dr. Babiss has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Babiss brings over 20 years of experience developing and leading research and development programs. His strategic leadership and product development knowledge provide a valuable perspective to the Board.
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