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Fran Heller

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Ms. Heller is currently Executive Vice President of Business
Development at Exelixis and has more than 15 years experience
as a corporate development and legal executive. She has
led a large volume of strategic transactions and partnerships
across a broad range of molecular modalities and in various
therapeutic areas. She has the unique combination of having
been responsible for strategy setting and deal making on behalf
of both big pharma and biotech.

Prior to joining Exelixis, Ms. Heller was Head of Strategic
Alliances at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she was
responsible for transactions with partners in the pharmaceutical
and biotech industry as well as academic institutions worldwide.
Prior to joining Novartis, Ms. Heller was Vice President,
Corporate Development and Legal Affairs at Signature
BioScience, Inc. a drug discovery company focused in oncology.
Previously, she was Corporate and Intellectual Property Counsel
for Celera Genomics, where she was the head of the legal
department and responsible for negotiating corporate and
business transactions and collaborations. She previously held
several positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of
business development, licensing, and sales and marketing.

Ms. Heller is a frequent guest lecturer and instructor at several
universities as an expert in strategy setting, entrepreneurship in
the biosciences, deal making and negotiation.

Ms. Heller is a member of the California State Bar, is licensed
by the US Patent and Trademark Office and has a B.S. in
biology from Tulane University, an M.A. in biology from American
University and J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
  • M.A., American University
  • B.S., Tulane University

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