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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.


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. Dr. Meanwell is also a member of the Board of Directors of 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. From 1995 until 1996, he was a founding partner and managing director of MPM Capital L.P. Earlier in his career, Dr. Meanwell held various positions at HoffmannLa Roche in Basel and Palo Alto, California. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Birmingham in the UK where he also trained in medical oncology.


Laura Hamill

Laura Hamill is a member of the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG since 2022. Ms. Hamill brings more than 30 years of experience in the biopharma industry. She most recently serviced as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Operations at Gilead Sciences. Prior to Gilead, Ms. Hamill worked at Amgen for almost 20 years in a number of executive leadership roles in the United States (US) and internationally. Her last role at Amgen was leading the US Commercial Operations with annual revenue of USD 20 bn. Ms. Hamill is a director of Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Pardes Biosciences, Unchained Labs and Scilex Pharmaceuticals as well as a member of the advisory committee of Launch Therapeutics. 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. Pearl Huang is a member of the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG since 2022. 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. Dr. Huang has been appointed CEO of Dunad Therapeutics in June 2022. Prior to that she served as CEO of Cygnal Therapeutics. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Waters Corporation and MIT Corporation.


Prof. Dr. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen

Prof. Dr. Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen has been on the Board of Directors of BB Biotech AG 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. He received his MD and PhD from the University of Copenhagen. Until 2020, Prof. Dr. Krogsgaard Thomsen chaired the governing board of the University of Copenhagen. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Felix Pharmaceuticals.


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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