Ann L. Lee

Ann L. Lee

Senior Vice President, Genentech, and Global Head Pharma Technical Development, Roche
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group

Ann L. Lee, is Senior Vice President, Genentech and Head of Global Technical Development at Roche.  Her organization is responsible for developing process and analytical technologies, scaling-up, manufacturing, QC testing and delivering GMP clinical supplies for all new product candidates (biologics and small molecules) and line extensions (combos, devices, drug delivery) in the Roche pipeline, as well as providing technical support for commercial manufacturing operations globally.  Prior to joining Genentech in September 2005, Ann worked for 16 years at Merck & Co., Inc., where she held several leadership positions in vaccine development in the Merck Research Laboratories.  She was project leader for Liquid PedvaxHIB®, COMVAX®, 2nd generation process PNEUMOVAX®23, and co-project leader for GARDASIL®, and franchise leader of bacterial vaccines.  She also served as Vice President, Chemical Technology and Engineering in the manufacturing division. 

Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University.  She has over 35 scientific publications and numerous patents.  She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007, and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, Society of Women Engineers, Sigma Xi, a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.  She serves on various academic and scientific advisory boards.  She received the 2010 Corporate Innovation Award on behalf of Genentech awarded by the AIChE.  She was named as one of 150 most influential women in Bay Area Business for 2011, and awarded the 2012 Genentech Women Professionals’ Leadership Award.  She was formerly Associate Editor of Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, is an organizer of numerous scientific conferences and an invited lecturer at various meetings and universities.  She is actively involved in various professional society service activities, serves as executive sponsor to various Genentech diversity groups, and is involved in mentoring boys and girls in science.