Karen Dawes, MA, MBA
With 20+ years of commercial and executive management Ms. Karen Dawes has been a key player in the successful development, launch and marketing of products including five that each exceeded annual sales of $1 billion dollars. Karen’s industry experience began at Pfizer in product management, development, and strategy leading to her position as Vice-President, Marketing, Pratt Division. Karen then moved to biotech pioneer Genetics Institute (GI), where, as Chief Commercial Officer, she built the company’s initial commercial operations. When GI was acquired by Wyeth (now Pfizer), Karen was appointed by the new parent company as Senior Vice-President, Global Strategic Marketing. Subsequently, Karen moved to Bayer Corporation as Division Head for the company’s U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division. Ms. Dawes is currently President of Knowledgeable Decisions, a biopharmaceutical consulting firm focusing on corporate and commercial strategy. Ms. Dawes also serves as the chairperson of the board of directors of RepliGen (NASDAQ: RGEN) and is a member of the board of directors of Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASRT) and Medicines360, a not-for-profit women’s health company. Karen has a combined B.A and M.A from Simmons College and a MBA from Harvard University.