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Cecil B. Pickett

AKA Cecil Bruce Pickett

Born: 5-Oct-1945
Birthplace: Canton, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Biologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ezetrol, Singulair, and Vioxx

Pharmaceutical research scientist who worked for Merck and Schering-Plough, before those companies merged, and retired as President of R&D at Biogen Idec in 2009. Played a major role in development of several new drugs, including Ezetimibe (marketed as Ezetrol and used to treat high cholesterol), Montelukast (marketed as Singulair, to treat asthma) and Rofecoxib (marketed as Vioxx, to treat arthritis), as well as medicines used in the treatment of AIDS, cancer, and Parkinson's disease.

Father: Charles Pickett (factory worker)
Mother: Florence Pickett (homemaker)
Wife: Shirley (m. 1967, two daughters)

    High School: Canton High School, Canton, IL (1967)
    University: University of California at Berkeley (attended, 1967-68)
    University: BS Biology, California State University Hayward (1971)
    University: PhD Cell Biology, University of California at Los Angeles (1976)
    Fellow: Cellular Biology, University of California Los Angeles (1976-78)
    Scholar: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1978)
    Teacher: Ass't Professor of Biology, Howard University (1978-83)
    Teacher: Assoc. Prof., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1985-88)
    Teacher: Assoc. Prof., Université de Montréal (1990)

    Biogen Idec President, Research & Development (2006-09)
    Schering-Plough Senior VP & President, Schering-Plough Research Institute (2002-06)
    Schering-Plough (1993-2002)
    Merck eventually Senior VP Basic Research, Merck Research Laboratories (1978-93)
    Bayer AG Lab worker, Cutter Laboratories (late 1960s)
    Member of the Board of Biogen Idec (2006-09)
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Association for Cancer Research
    American Society for Cell Biology
    American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Board (past)
    Food and Drug Administration Science Board (past)
    National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director (past)
    Institute of Medicine (1993)
    New Jersey Performing Arts Center Board of Directors


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