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Briggs Morrison, MD

  • CEO, Syndax Pharmaceuticals

Briggs W. Morrison, M.D., joined MPM in 2015. Briggs is CEO of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an MPM portfolio company. Prior to joining Syndax and MPM, Briggs served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive VP for “Global Medicines Development” at AstraZeneca (ADR).

Briggs’ career includes distinguished roles at AstraZeneca, Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK). At AstraZeneca, he was head of global medicines development, where he oversaw all clinical development functions and late- stage clinical development projects. As Head of Clinical Development at Pfizer, he oversaw Phase I-III development and operations for all therapeutic areas before being appointed the head of Development, Medical Affairs, Safety and Regulatory Affairs for all Pfizer human health businesses. While serving as head of Oncology Development at Merck, Briggs oversaw the development and approval of vorinostat (Zolinza ®) for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.  Briggs formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Transcelerate, an industry-funded company charged with improving aspects of clinical trials.

Briggs received his BS (Biology) degree from Georgetown University and his MD degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and additional post-doctoral work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Briggs trained in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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