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Josef Von Rickenbach

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Biotech Phamaceuticals/Healthcare
Waltham, MA,

Mr. von Rickenbach is the Managing Director of stet vision LLC. Prior to stet vision, Mr. von Rickenbach was co-Founder, President & CEO of biotech company Helio Vision, Inc., which was successfully merged with Aldeyra, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDX) in early 2019. Previously, Mr. von Rickenbach was co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of PAREXEL International Corporation. He took the company from its pioneering beginnings, as one of the first clinical research organizations (CROs) in the early 1980s, to its place as one of the top three global biopharmaceutical services providers. He led PAREXEL through multiple rounds of venture capital, multiple secondary offerings, and over 40 mergers and acquisitions during his 36-year history at the helm of the Company. In a “going private” transaction in 2017, PAREXEL was acquired for $5 billion by a private equity firm.

Foreseeing the globalization of clinical research, Mr. von Rickenbach worked to expand PAREXEL’s presence to 51 countries. This extensive geographical presence and the Company’s 20,000 employees allow PAREXEL to conduct clinical trials across every continent in more than 100 countries. To make clinical development more effective, he conceived a multidisciplinary and systems-oriented approach to clinical development, bringing efficiencies, scalability, and standardization to the process. As biopharmaceutical R&D adopted information technology, Mr. von Rickenbach instituted a leading advanced technology offering with PAREXEL Informatics, a frontrunner in providing eClinical solutions.

Mr. von Rickenbach was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) and served as Chairman twice. He was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997 and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2018. He serves on the Board of Trustees of McLean Hospital and several other non-profit organizations. Mr. von Rickenbach advises multiple companies, from startups to mature enterprises.

Mr. von Rickenbach holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Lucerne University in Switzerland, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. von Rickenbach has lectured at the Harvard Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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