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Cheryl Blanchard

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Microchips Biotech
United States of America


Dr. Cheryl Blanchard joined Microchips Biotech in July 2014 as its Chief Executive Officer. She is a medical device and biologics executive with over 25 years of leadership experience. Most recently she was a corporate officer of Zimmer, Inc., a medical device company focused on musculoskeletal products, where she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and general manager of Zimmer Biologics. During her 12 years with Zimmer, she operated in roles of increasing responsibility including global leadership of research and development, advanced technologies, clinical, quality and regulatory affairs, medical affairs, medical education, health economics, and reimbursement. She created, built and led the biologics business at Zimmer through disciplined execution of an R&D pipeline coupled with significant partnering and business development activities. Prior to Zimmer, Dr. Blanchard built and led the medical device practice at Southwest Research Institute while also serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, both in San Antonio, TX. Some of her work led to the creation of Keraplast Technologies, LLC. Dr. Blanchard brings a unique combination of results-oriented business management skills, technical leadership, and a track record of commercializing game-changing products that address unmet needs. In 2015, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Dr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University, and a Masters of Science and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin. David Neafus Chief Financial Officer Todd Kerkow Vice President, Product Development and Commercialization Carol Pekar RAC Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs Nicolas J. Pacelli Vice President, Alliance Management and Business Development Kathleen Dennis Vice President, Operations and Quality Paige Cochran Vice President, Human Resources  

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Microchips Biotech, Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of patients by revolutionizing drug delivery. Our proprietary microchip-based implant can store and release precise doses of drugs over months and years. The implant, which is placed under the skin by a trained physician during a simple office procedure using local anesthesia, can be wirelessly activated or deactivated by a physician or patient, without requiring removal. In addition, physicians can wirelessly modify the frequency or dose of the drug to meet the individual needs of each patient. 

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