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Kurt Graves

chairman, President and CEO, Intarcia Therapeutics
Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics
Intarcia Pharmaceuticals
United States of America


 Mr. Graves has been Chairman, President and CEO of Intarcia since April 2012, having previously served solely as Executive Chairman of the company since August 2010, and as Acting CEO since October 2011. During his time at Intarcia, his influence on the Company’s vision, purpose and values has transformed not only its business goals, but also how it goes about its business. Since he joined, Intarcia successfully raised more than $1 billion in capital through very creative financings and strategic partnerships. Mr. Graves was named the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England, and Intarcia was cited as a “Unicorn” company worth watching in a cover story of Fortune Magazine, and a 2015 “Disruptor 50” company by CNBC. Mr. Graves is a global industry leader with more than twenty years of U.S. and global general management experience at top-tier U.S. and European based pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He has successfully built and managed several of the largest multi-billion dollar franchises in the industry and developed and launched more than 10 blockbuster brands in a broad range of general medicine, specialty and orphan disease areas. In addition to driving dynamic top and bottom-line growth in large global pharmaceutical companies, Mr. Graves also played a key leadership role in building two highly successful early stage companies: Astra Merck Pharmaceuticals and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Intarcia, Mr. Graves was EVP, Chief Commercial Officer, and Head of Corporate and Strategic Development at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Before his tenure at Vertex, he spent nearly ten years at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, most recently on the Executive Committee as Global Head of the General Medicines Business Unit & Chief Marketing Officer for the Pharmaceuticals division. Prior to Novartis, 

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 Mr. Graves held several commercial and general management positions at Merck and Astra Merck/Astra Pharmaceuticals where he spent most of his time leading the GI Business Unit responsible for Prilosec® and Nexium®. In addition to his current responsibility at Intarcia, Mr. Graves serves as Chairman of the Board of Radius® Health, Inc. (RDUS), and as a Director at Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), and Seres Therapeutics (MCRB). Mr. Graves earned his B.S. in Biology from Hillsdale College and has attended numerous executive leadership programs at Harvard, Wharton School of Management and University of Michigan.

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