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Board of Directors

The renowned Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG has many years of industrial and scientific experience.


Dr. Erich Hunziker

Dr. Erich Hunziker has been on the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG since 2011 and has been elected chairman in 2013. Dr. Hunziker previously served as CFO of Roche from 2001 until 2010. From 1983 until 2001 Dr. Hunziker held various executive positions at Corange, Boehringer Mannheim and, before joining Roche, at Diethelm-Keller-Gruppe, where he ultimately served as CEO. Dr. Hunziker earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Dr. Hunziker is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Light Chain Biosciences (NovImmune SA), Entsia International AG and the following discoveric companies (all under common control): discoveric ag, discoveric bio alpha ag, discoveric bio beta ag, discoveric bio gamma ag, discoveric marina ag and discoveric marketplace ag. He is a member of the Board of Directors of LamKap Bio alpha AG, LamKap Bio beta AG and LamKap Bio gamma AG. Furthermore he is a member of the foundation board of the Swiss Arts Institute Foundation.


Dr. Clive Meanwell

Dr. Clive Meanwell is Vice-Chairman and has been a member of the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG since 2004. He founded and is the Executive Chairman of Population Health Partners LLC, an investment firm, and Chief Executive Officer of Population Health Investment Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. Dr. Meanwell is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Population Health Partners LLC. Furthermore he is a member of the Board of Directors of Population Health Investment Corporation, EQRx Inc., Fractyl Health Inc., Comanche Biopharma and Saama Technologies, Inc. Previously, Dr. Clive Meanwell founded The Medicines Company in 1996 and from then until January 2020 he was a member of the board of directors and held a range of leadership positions including Chairman, Executive Chairman, Chief Executive and Chief Innovation Officer at The Medicines Company. From 1995 until 1996, he was a founding partner and managing director of MPM Capital L.P. Earlier in his career, Dr. Clive Meanwell held various positions at Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel and Palo Alto, California. Dr. Clive Meanwell received his MD and PhD from the University of Birmingham in the UK where he also trained in medical oncology.


Laura Hamill

Ms. Hamill brings more than 30 years of experience in the biopharma industry. She served most recently as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Operations at Gilead Sciences Prior to Gilead, she worked at Amgen in a number of executive leadership roles in the United States and internationally for almost 20 years. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of AnaptysBio, Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Pardes Biosciences and Unchained Labs. Ms. Hamill started her career at Hoffmann-La Roche with both sales and brand management roles over an eight year period. She holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Arizona.


Dr. Pearl Huang

Dr. Huang studied life sciences at MIT as an undergraduate and earned a doctorate in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. She has spent over 30 years in the pharma and biotech industries, and to date, has contributed to the development of eight medicines that are used by patients every day. Most recently, Dr. Huang served as the CEO of Cygnal Therapeutics, in Boston. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Waters Corporation, KSQ Therapeutics, MIT Corporation and an Advisory Partner of Flagship Pioneering.


Prof. Dr. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen

Prof. Dr. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen has been on the Board of Directors of BB Biotech since 2020. In 2021 Prof. Dr. Krogsgaard Thomsen became CEO of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Prof. Dr. Krogsgaard Thomsen was previously with Novo Nordisk where he served as Executive Vice President, Head of R&D and Chief Science Officer. Prof. Dr. Krogsgaard Thomsen has chaired Danish Research Council programs within endocrinology and he is a former president of Denmark’s National Academy of Technical Sciences. Until 2019 Prof. Dr. Krogsgaard Thomsen chaired the governing board of the University of Copenhagen.


Dr. Thomas von Planta

Dr. Thomas von Planta has been elected Board member of BB Biotech AG in March 2019. Since 2006, he is owner of CorFinAd AG – Corporate Finance Advisory (advisory for M&A transactions and capital market financings). He chaired the Bellevue Group from March 2015 until March 2019. Previously he worked for Vontobel Group from 2002 until 2006 as interim Head Investment Banking/Head of Corporate Finance and member of the extended executive board. Prior to that he was with Goldman Sachs from 1992 until 2002, lastly in London in the Equity Capital Markets Group/Investment Banking Division. Dr. von Planta holds a degree in law from the Universities of Basel and Geneva (Dr. iur.) and is also attorney at law. Dr. von Planta is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bâloise Holding AG and a member of the advisory board of Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH.

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