Biotech CEO Nancy Simonian to Speak at St. James Men’s Club Sept. 8

WATERTOWN — Dr. Nancy Simonian, chief executive officer of Syros Pharmaceuticals Inc., will speak at the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club Dinner Meeting on Monday September  8.  Her talk is titled “The Long and Winding Road: Building Great Biotech Companies.”

Simonian, is the founding CEO of Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held life science company focused on breakthroughs in gene control to revolutionize the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Through Syros’ proprietary platform in mapping gene regulatory pathways in human disease tissue, novel approaches for treating disease are being pursued. She was chief medical officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and, previously, vice president of clinical development at Biogen. Under her leadership at Millennium, Velcade became a mainstay of treatment for multiple myeloma, and a billion dollar commercial blockbuster. She also built and advanced Millennium’s promising pipeline of clinical stage drugs for cancer and Entyvio for inflammatory bowel disease. At Biogen, she played a central role in developing and commercializing blockbuster products for multiple sclerosis.

Simonian started her career as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School and neurology staff at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She trained in neurology and internal medicine at the MGH, received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in biology from Princeton. She is a member of the board of directors of Seattle Genetics, Inc.

The social hour starts at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete Armenian dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner meeting will be at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center- Keljik Hall, 465 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, MA.

The program is open to the public and women are welcome. For more information, including ticket prices, call the church.