Dr. Gary J. Nabel M.D., Ph.D. joined the SIGA Board of Directors in June 2021. Dr. Nabel recently retired as Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development, and Head of the North American R&D Hub at Sanofi. In addition to serving as Senior Vice President for the company, Dr. Nabel also oversaw the Breakthrough Lab, which developed the first trispecific antibodies now in development for HIV as published in Science, as well as cancer immunotherapies and novel vaccines. An author of more than 450 scientific publications, Dr. Nabel joined Sanofi in 2012 from the National Institutes of Health, where he served as Director of the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) since 1999, during which time, he provided overall direction and scientific leadership of the basic, clinical, and translational research activities and guided development of novel vaccine strategies against HIV, universal influenza, Ebola and emerging infectious disease viruses. His work encompasses basic mechanisms of HIV gene activation, structure-based vaccine design, and immunotherapy. Dr. Nabel graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and continued his graduate studies at Harvard, completing his Ph.D. in 1980 and his M.D. two years later, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship with David Baltimore at the Whitehead Institute. In recognition of his expertise at the forefront of virology, immunology, gene therapy, and molecular biology, Dr. Nabel was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1998. Among his many other honors, Dr. Nabel received the Amgen Scientific Achievement Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, and is a fellow of the American Association of Physicians, and the American Academy of Arts Sciences. Dr. Nabel’s broad experience and expertise within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, as well as Dr. Nabel’s history of leadership within the National Institutes of Health, provide the Board with valuable insights into many aspects of our business.
Dr. Holly Phillips joined the SIGA Board of Directors in June 2021. Dr. Phillips, a Board-Certified General Internist in private practice in Manhattan, gained nationwide recognition as a Senior Medical Contributor for CBS News. For 16 years, at her Upper East Side practice, she has addressed all aspects of internal medicine and has established a broad referral base of specialists across the City’s major hospital systems. Prior to joining CBS News, Dr. Phillips was the Chief Medical Correspondent for CBS2, New York’s local news affiliate. She has also served as an on-air expert and anchor for the nationally syndicated program “The Doctors.” Frequently quoted in print, she has held contributing editor roles for both Prevention and Cosmopolitan. Dr. Phillips is the author of “The Exhaustion Breakthrough,” published by Rodale, a New York Times Digital Bestseller for Health and Wellness. Dr. Phillips holds a B.A. in English from Williams College and a medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, she was awarded the Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Performance in Women’s Health after spearheading a cancer screening and health maintenance program for residents of the Park Avenue Women’s Shelter. Dr. Phillips is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the Independent Doctors Association of New York. Dr. Phillips’ many years of direct patient-facing interactions, broad network of hospital-based and institutional relationships, and communication, broadcast and journalism experience, provide the Board with unique insight into the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders.