Voyager Therapeutics Announces Appointment of George Scangos, Ph.D., to Board of Directors
Voyager Therapeutics, a biotechnology company dedicated to breaking through barriers in gene therapy and neurology, today announced the appointment of George Scangos, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Scangos has decades of experience building and leading biopharmaceutical companies, having previously served as CEO of Exelixis, Inc.; Biogen, Inc.; and most recently Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
“George is one of the most accomplished executives in the biotechnology industry, and we are honored to have him join our Board of Directors,” said Alfred W. Sandrock, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Voyager. “As Voyager works to solve the delivery challenges constraining the fields of gene therapy and neurology, we look forward to tapping into George’s perspectives gained from advancing multiple innovative medicines that have delivered value to patients and shareholders.”
“Neurology remains one of the great areas of unmet need in medicine, and as we begin to see a new era of scientific breakthroughs in this field, I believe Voyager’s gene therapy and neuro-genetic medicine programs will represent significant advancement,” said George Scangos, “As I have gotten to know the Voyager team, I have been impressed by the quality of the science and the team, and I look forward to advising them in their quest to enable disease-modifying and possibly curative neurotherapeutics.”
Scangos most recently served as President and CEO of Vir from 2016 to 2023. Under his leadership, the company successfully delivered life-saving therapies for Ebola and COVID-19 to millions of patients while also building a pipeline spanning five therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Vir, Scangos served as CEO and as a member of the Board of Biogen, Inc. for six years. Previously, he spent 14 years as President and CEO of Exelixis, Inc. Scangos has received numerous accolades and recognitions for his industry leadership. Notably, he was among the top 10 CEOs to be named as “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune in 2014 and 2015. He was also named one of “The Best Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Scangos served as Chair of PhRMA in 2016, and as the Chair of the California Healthcare Institute in 2010. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University; the Board of Overseers of the University of California, San Francisco; and the Board of Trustees of Life Science Cares. Prior to joining industry, Scangos was a Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts.
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