Sean Turner - Senior Manager External Collaborations, AbbVie
Biography of the speaker:
Sean Turner is currently Senior Manager External Collaborations with AbbVie at the company's European research headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. His responsibilities includes strategic leadership of AbbVie’s involvement in European consortia such as IMI and sourcing of external innovation. In his 18 years with the company, he has initiated and led multiple projects both internally and as external partnerships with companies in Europe and Asia. He has also worked in AbbVie’s Licensing & Acquisitions group where he was responsible for identification of new partnering opportunities with academia and biotechs. Sean has preclinical and clinical experience in therapeutic areas such as CNS, pain, immunology and urology, and contributed to delivering 8 new molecular entities that progressed to clinical trials. He obtained his doctoral degree in synthetic chemistry from the University of Oxford under the guidance of Prof. Sir Jack Baldwin, furthered his studies with Prof. Henry Rapoport at the University of California at Berkeley and worked at Ciba-Geigy in Switzerland. To date, he is inventor of 38 granted patents and has contributed more than 70 scientific publications and patent applications.