Cherie Butts

Cherie Butts

Medical Director and Head of Human Biology Research – Digital & Quantitative Medicine
Biogen

Dr. Butts is Medical Director and Head of Human Biology Research – Digital & Quantitative Medicine at Biogen (Cambridge, MA).  She obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.  Her pre-doctoral studies at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center characterized anti-tumor immune responses in ovarian cancer patients and postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health examined neuroendocrine regulation of innate immunity. She continued this work at the US Food & Drug Administration, taking on additional responsibilities of evaluating drug and biologics applications.  At Biogen, she moved into program and portfolio management – helping scientists and clinicians understand how potential new drugs address a specific unmet medical need for patients with debilitating conditions. She also served on the Portfolio Transformation team, leading the probability of success theme and team learning & health initiative. Most recently, she was responsible for leading activities for clinical trials in multiple sclerosis.

She is passionate about the furtherance of biomedical research and works with professional societies, scientific and professional development organizations, and biomedical research institutions. She currently serves on the Leadership Board and Research Affairs Oversight Committee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Board of Directors of Keystone Symposia; Board of Trustees at Salem State University; Council of the Society of Leukocyte Biology; Endocrine Society Nominating Committee (chair); Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council; and is Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland.