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Vincent Milano

Chief Executive Officer
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Idera Pharmaceuticals
United States of America

Vincent Milano


Vincent Milano joined Idera as Chief Executive Officer in December 2014. Mr. Milano most recently served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ViroPharma, which was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals in January 2014. Under his stewardship, ViroPharma became a leading developer of innovative therapies for rare diseases, with the approval and commercialization of its lead product, Cinryze, for the treatment of hereditary angioedema in the United States and Europe. Mr. Milano joined ViroPharma in 1996 and served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer from 1997 to 2006 before becoming Chief Executive Officer. He was instrumental in building the company, including leading efforts to raise nearly $900 million in capital, as well as acquisitions of Lev Pharmaceuticals and the drug Vancocin from Eli Lilly. In addition, he played critical roles in business development and investor relations activities for ViroPharma, and contributed significantly to establishing the strategic focus of the company. Prior to joining ViroPharma, he served as a senior manager at KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm. Mr. Milano currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Spark Therapeutics, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, and VenatoRx. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rider College. 

Research Interest

company developing novel nucleic acid therapeutic approaches for the treatment of certain cancers and rare diseases. Idera’s immunotherapy approach is based on the modulation of toll-like receptors (TLRs) while our third-generation antisense technology is designed to inhibit the production of disease-associated proteins by targeting RNA. 

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