People: Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc (AVNR.O)
7 Mar 2014
Mr. Craig A. Wheeler is Independent Chairman of the Board of Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Wheeler has served as our Chairman of the Board since May 2007 and currently serves as a member of our Audit Committee and Chairperson of each of our Corporate Governance Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Wheeler serves as a director and as Chief Executive Officer of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Momenta in August 2006, Mr. Wheeler was President of Chiron BioPharmaceuticals for five years, a division of Chiron Corporation, until it was acquired by Novartis AG in 2006. In this position he was responsible for all aspects of the division including commercial, research, development and manufacturing. Mr. Wheeler serves on the board of directors for the Generic Pharmaceutical Associates (GPHA) and is a member of their executive committee. He currently serves on the Cornell Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, and serves on the Gene Partnership Advisory Board for the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Mr. Wheeler holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in marketing and finance. Mr. Wheeler’s experience within the pharmaceutical industry and his management experience at other companies in the biotechnology industry make him a valuable member of our Board.
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