McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lannon as Managing Director of the McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence (MWP).
Led by scientific director, Professor Laurette Dubé of the Desautels Faculty of Management, the MWP unites leading researchers from a host of disciplines including management, medicine, agriculture and environmental sciences in the pursuit of innovative and practical solutions to pressing global problems. The MWP's mandate is to generate health-promoting social and business changes by collaborating in outstanding research and education programs and knowledge-to-action activities. The MWP provides a rich training environment for all levels of graduate students as well as enabling transformation and innovation in individual and community diets, lifestyles, markets, and health systems.
As Managing Director, Chris will play a key role in setting the MWP's strategic direction. He will spearhead business development initiatives, develop revenue generation projects and strategic partnerships, manage the proposal development process, and direct short-term and long-range planning and budget development to support the MWP's strategic goals.
Chris has extensive experience in technology commercialization, having worked as a biotech industry consultant and as a scientist developing products for a stem cell and biological sciences company. He has considerable knowledge of business development, licensing, and partnering in technology-intensive fields. Prior to joining the MWP, he worked as an Associate Director of a boutique investment bank in Montreal. Chris holds a PhD in cancer biology from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA (Finance) from McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management.