Member of the Board since 2017.
Francis Cuss was born in 1954 and is a dual national of both the United Kingdom and the United States. He received a BA in Natural Sciences, MB, BChir and MA from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. Francis Cuss began his career in clinical medicine and research in the United Kingdom.
Francis Cuss has over 33 years of clinical experience across the pharmaceutical industry. In 1986 he started at GlaxoSmithKline plc (then Glaxo Inc.), USA and UK as a Director in Pulmonary Clinical Research. From 1989, he worked at the Schering-Plough Research Institute. There he held several positions in discovery and development, eventually becoming Senior Vice President of Early Clinical Research & Experimental Medicine. Francis Cuss joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development department in 2003, first working as Senior Vice President of Discovery and later as Senior Vice President for all of Research and Early Development. In 2010, he joined the company’s senior management team. In 2013, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Research & Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, retiring in 2017.
In addition to the Novo Holdings A/S Board, Francis Cuss is Chairman and member of the Board of Trustees Montclair State University in New Jersey, United States. He is Board member of Rubius Therapeutics Inc. and of Glympse Bio, both based in the United States. Furthermore, Francis Cuss is member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States.