|[January 15, 2013]
Georgia Bio Hires Russell Allen as President and CEO
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
Georgia Bio announced today the appointment of C. Russell Allen as the
new President and Chief Executive Officer of the life sciences industry
association. He will officially begin on January 22.
"We welcome Russell back to Georgia, and are confident that he will
accelerate the expansion of our life sciences industry in the State,"
said Thomas H. Callaway, MD, Georgia Bio Chairman and Founder and
President of Life Science Partner.
Mr. Allen comes to Georgia Bio from his role as President and CEO of
BioFlorida, the statewide trade association founded in 1997 to advance
Florida's bioscience industry. In this role, Allen directed programs and
advocacy initiatives that contributed to the positioning of Florida as
one of the leading locations for bioscience research and development in
the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.
"The state of Florida owes a debt of gratitude to Russell for his
contributions to our state life sciences industry for the past six
years," said Stephanie Warrington, President, TrueMotion Spine, Inc. and
Chairman of the BioFlorida Board of Directors. " Under his leadership,
BioFlorida has more than doubled our membership and Florida now
represents the fastest growing bioscience state. Russell embraced the
challenge of uniting new and existing members across our geographical
area by creating seven active regional chapters and engaging our strong
volunteer base to continually grow the industry and advocate for our
members in both state and federal legislative activities. We are certain
he will equally elevate the Georgia biosciences industry profile to
enhance the stature of the entire southeast region on the world stage."
Prior to his role at BioFlorida Mr. Allen served as President and CEO of
BioSouth, a nonprofit membership organization representing the southern
U.S. bioscience industry; and Vice President of Biosciences at the Metro
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Metro Atlanta Chamber he
served as CEO for Atlanta-based digital marketing agencies, Newton Park
"I have had a wonderful experience leading BioFlorida for the past six
and a half years and am proud of all that we were able to accomplish,"
said Allen. "I look forward to serving the members of Georgia Bio,
helping to build a strong business climate for growth of the Georgia
Mr. Allen received a bachelor's degree in biology from Pepperdine
University and a certificate in Biotech Enterprise Management from the
Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University.
Georgia Bio (www.gabio.org)
is the private, non-profit association whose members include
pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical
centers, universities and research institutes, government groups and
other business organizations involved in the development of life
sciences related products and services.
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