Friday, November 11, 2011
The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed a new member and re-elected another at its quarterly meeting today.
Randolph Steer, M.D., Ph.D., an independent biotechnology consultant, was elected to a four-year term and Tom Brokaw, anchor of "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 to 2004 and still an active journalist, was re-elected to a four-year term as a public trustee.
Dr. Steer has been an independent pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices consultant since 1989. Dr. Steer has a broad scientific, medical and business background, including extensive experience in preclinical, clinical and regulatory affairs, having held key management positions in leading corporations and served as an advisor to many companies in the United States and abroad. Dr. Steer has advised numerous venture capital firms, investment banks and independent investors on the commercial development of drugs, biologics, diagnostics and medical devices.
Dr. Steer served as associate director of medical affairs at Marion Laboratories; medical director at Ciba Consumer Pharmaceuticals (Ciba-Geigy Corp.); vice president, senior vice president and member of the executive committee at Physicians World Communications Group; chairman, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Therapeutics Communications International, a global drug regulatory group, chairman and chief executive officer of Vicus.com, Inc.; and president and chief operating officer of Capstone Therapeutics, Inc. He is a member of the board of directors of Techne Corp. Dr. Steer received his M.D. degree from Mayo Medical School and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he also completed a residency and subspecialty fellowship in clinical and chemical pathology. He is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.
During his career, Brokaw has covered an array of stories, including the Watergate scandal, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 2000 presidential election. He postponed his retirement to cover the September 2001 attacks.
In addition to his reign in the anchor seat, Brokaw has produced many specials for NBC including 2001's "The Greatest Generation Speaks" based on his bestselling book, "The Greatest Generation." In his latest book, "In The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America," Brokaw turns his attention to the challenges that face America today. Rooted in the values, lessons, and principles of generations past and his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to offer ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream.
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