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Michael D. Varney, Ph.D.

Head of Research and Early Development, Genentech

Dr. Varney currently serves as head of Genentech’s Research and Early Development. He joined Genentech nearly a decade ago and since, he has held various executive roles in small molecule drug discovery and research. Previous to his tenure at Roche/Genentech, Dr. Varney served as vice president, drug discovery for Pfizer’s Global Researchand Development organization. Dr. Varney previously spent nearly ten years with Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., eventually serving as its corporate vice president and head of research. Dr. Varney received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in organic synthesis from the California Institute of Technology. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Columbia University.