Dr Jonathan Knowles is the former Head of Group Research and Member of the Executive Committee at Roche from 1997 until 2009. He was a member of the Genentech Board for the last 12 years and a member of the Chugai Board for seven years. Dr. Knowles was also the chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of Genentech. Under his leadership, the company developed and implemented a strategy of highly effective therapies based on personalized healthcare and built one of the best pharma pipelines in the sector.
He was for 5 years the Chairman of the Research Directors’ Group of EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations) and was the first chairman of the Board of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, a unique public-private partnership between 28 Pharmaceutical companies and the European Commission with a budget of more than 2 Billion Euros over five years. Recently, He was also Chairman of the Hever group, a high level group of Board level industry R&D directors and other public sector key players in the field of new therpeutics for 5 years
Prior to his move to Roche, he was for ten years the director of the Glaxo Insititue for Molecular Biology in Geneva, Head of European Research for Glaxo Wellcome and head of the Glaxo Genetics Initiative.
Currently, Jonathan Knowles is Professor Emeritus at EPFL in Switzerland, holds a Distinguished Professorship in Personalised Health care at FIMM (Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine) at the University of Helsinki and has a Visiting Chair at the University of Oxford. In addition, he is a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and a Visiting Fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge.