William Burns, Event Chair & Former Chief Executive Officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals
William (Bill) Burns has spent his entire career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, first with Beecham and then, since 1986 with Roche.
Bill retired from the position of CEO of the Pharma Division, after 9 years in that role, at the end of 2009 and joined the main Board for the next four years till 2014.
Today he is on the boards of 5 Life Science Companies. Shire and Mesoblast as Non Executive Director; Biotie and Masters as Chairman; and Vestergaard as Vice Chairman.
In addition he is a trustee of the Institute of Cancer Research in London and a Chair of a funding Panel on Health Innovation jointly funded by Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health (England). He also sits on several Advisory Boards including the Centre of Integrated Oncology of the Universities of Cologne and Bonn, and Chugai in Japan.”