Former Chief Medical Officer – Schering-Plough
Committees: Scientific & Products Committee (chairperson), Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee (member)
Robert Spiegel has over 30 years of extensive R&D and operational experience in biopharmaceuticals, including large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and academic startups as well as an advisor to venture capital and private equity funds.
Robert was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Developmental Therapeutics Program at New York University Medical Center and then spent 26 years at Schering-Plough (now Merck & Co.), where he joined as the first Director for Oncology Clinical Research. He then held a series of senior executive positions, including Senior Vice President for Worldwide Clinical Research and Chief Medical Officer. During his time at Schering-Plough he led teams that took numerous drug candidates through clinical development, was involved with over 30 New Drug Application approvals by the U.S. FDA, participated in multiple due diligence reviews and in-licensing decisions, re-engineered pharmacovigilance and risk management areas and built a quality system for all research operations.
Robert is a consultant to the biotech industry and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors of multiple biotech companies. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his specialty training in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute, NIH.