Louis DeGennaro, Ph.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Dr. DeGennaro is the President and CEO of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Dr. DeGennaro has more than 25 years of research, drug development and executive management experience in academic and private sector settings. He received his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California at San Francisco and did his post-doctoral research at the Yale University School of Medicine. His previous academic appointments include research group leader, Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, where his laboratory was among the first to clone genes expressed exclusively in the nervous system; and associate professor of neurology and cell biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. DeGennaro’s private-sector positions include senior director of molecular genetics at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Princeton, N.J., where his department contributed to the development of pantoprazole (Protonix®) to treat acid reflux disease, venlafaxine (Effexor®) for anxiety and depression, and gentuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg®) for leukemia; executive vice president for research and development, SynX Pharma, Inc., in Toronto, Canada, where he was responsible for the development of a point-of-care diagnostic test for congestive heart failure; and research manager at Streck, Inc., Omaha, Neb., where he helped develop an FDA-cleared diagnostic test for AIDS/HIV. Dr. DeGennaro was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2012 to serve as a member of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Advisory Council, and the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also serves on the board of the Health Research Alliance, an alliance of non-profit funders of research.