Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. He qualifies as an independent Non-Executive Director and is a member of the Governance, Nomination and Corporate Responsibilities Committee and the Research & Development Committee.
In the United States, Dr. Sawyers is chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, professor of medicine and of cell and developmental biology at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was appointed to the US National Cancer Advisory Board, and is former president of the American Association for Cancer Research and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is also a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves as a science advisor for the following companies: Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc., Housey Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, Nextech Invest Ltd., Blueprint Medicines Corporation, BeiGene Ltd., The Column Group, ORIC Pharmaceuticals Inc., KSQ Therapeutics Inc., Foghorn Therapeutics Inc., and PMV Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Dr. Sawyers received his doctor of medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US, and worked at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, for nearly 18 years before joining Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2006. An internationally acclaimed cancer researcher, he co-developed the Novartis cancer drug Gleevec/Glivec and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 2009.