Dr. Sato was appointed Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School in 2006. Prior to that, she had been the President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals from 2000 until her retirement from that position in 2005, and had previously served eight years as Vertex’s Chief Scientific Officer and Chair of the scientific advisory board. Prior to joining Vertex in 1992, she was with Biogen, Inc. from 1984 to 1992, most recently as Vice President of Research and a member of the scientific advisory board.
Dr. Sato is also a business advisor to various enterprises in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Sato serves as an overseer of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is currently a director of BorgWarner Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and during the past five years has served as a director of Galapagos NV and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She is the author of numerous professional publications and holds several issued or pending patents. Dr. Sato received her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
Dr. Sato is an accomplished scientist and general manager with an extensive background advising and leading research teams in the life sciences industry. Dr. Sato’s previous roles as chief scientific officer and vice president of research for multinational companies provide her with valuable insight into our industry, and allow her to offer guidance as we develop our technology initiatives and collaborative efforts. The expertise Dr. Sato has developed through her service on the boards of other public companies is utilized through her position as Chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee of our board.