Howard Mayer, M.D.

Howard Mayer, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2017. Dr. Mayer currently serves as Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development at Ipsen Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Ipsen, Dr. Mayer served as Head of Rare Disease Business Unit, R&D at Takeda, following his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Shire Plc. Dr. Mayer joined Shire in 2012 and was responsible for global clinical development across hematology, immunology, oncology, genetic diseases, GI/metabolic, neuroscience and ophthalmology therapeutic areas. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer at EMD Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, since 2009.  Prior to that, he held a variety of global roles at Pfizer Inc. including head of clinical development and medical affairs for Virology/Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining Pfizer, he served as Director of Infectious Diseases Clinical Research at Bristol-Myers Squibb for five years. He currently serves on the board of Autism Speaks in New England since 2011. Dr. Mayer obtained his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, which was followed by an internship and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Harvard Medical School. In 2011 and 2017, he was honored by PharmaVoice as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences Industry.