Cyrus Banan, PhD

Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President

Research & Economic Development or Global Executive Head of Research at Emerge

Abbott and Rush University at Chicago

Chicago, USA


●Accomplished and seasoned executive with more than 20 years of highly successful research and education experience in the academia and industry, in particular academic higher education and scholarship.

●Accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in higher education, Dr. Banan came to Windsor University after serving 4 years as Executive Director of Research and Senior Vice President of Research Development for Emerge and the University of South Carolina Greenville, with previous stints as Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President Research & Economic Development or Global Executive Head of Research at Emerge, Abbott and Rush University at Chicago.

●Served on over 50 professional committees and over 100 national and international organizations, volunteer boards, government/public health councils, industry, and academia.

•Secured well over $350 million of research and education funding from various sources, including private industry, government (NIH, HHS, CDC, DARPA), and venture capital nationally and globally.

●Renowned scientist and academician on the International and National stages. Dr. Banan was a tenured, Professor and Director of Digestive Diseases Research and Education at RUSH University of Chicago as well as Professor and Exec. Director at University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville while being the Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President Research & Economic Development at Emerge. He is a recognized global expert in basic, clinical, and translational medicine research and scholarship areas, in particular immune/autoimmune and inflammatory disorders as well as a seasoned executive who has achieved tremendous success by leveraging innovation during his hybrid academic and industry career.

●Founding Head of the Departmental Research and Education at RUSH Chicago Medical School in Illinois, and Founding Head of the University Wide Research and Education at the USC Medical School Greenville South Carolina.

●Built the fastest growing digestive diseases inflammation research and education program in the United States while at RUSH Chicago Medical School (US News & World Report ranking of organization: 26th in the Nation in 2006 vs. unranked in 1999). Served at Rush in a number of administrative roles and was central in the development of a research development park allowing for successful partnerships between the university and industry; one of the first successful examples of this unique academic/industry partnership in the Nation to enhance both research and scholarship programs.
●Established a novel, integrated basic science discovery research, translational medicine research, and clinical science research and education programs on the national stage at USC Medical School Greenville. In particular, established an innovative holistic approach to research using translational medicine research, cell and molecular medicine, comparative research, and implementation sciences known as the health integration research. At USC Greenville, he was the third-highest ranking administrator, providing academic leadership for the university’s campus, research centers and institutes, while overseeing related academic education and research support services, and responsibility for curriculum, academic and research planning.
●Led the large University Wide research and education related organization, infrastructure and support, including research discovery and translational medicine programs, institute for advancement of healthcare (IAHC), other national research programs (institute for translational oncology and immunology research, “iTOR”, bioengineering research institute, “CUBEInc.”), sponsored programs office, research development corporation (RDC, academia-industry partnerships), human subject protection office, and clinical trials office.

●Led the efforts for development of a novel integrated Research and Educational Program for one of the first new University medical schools in the country in 40 years. USCSOM recently received full accreditation by the LCME. Dr. Banan accepted the position of executive administrator for Research and Academic Development for the Greenville Health System and was appointed Executive Director for Research and Education for the USC School of Medicine Greenville where he also led the research and educational program development and the Offices of Educational and Research Affairs.

●Originated and authored a new University Wide Research and Education Vision or Road Map (5 to 10 year long range plans) and attendant key Strategic Initiatives for successful, rapid expansion of University Wide Research and Education programs. In particular, substantially expanded the innovation, caliber, and national prominence of our new University Wide Research and Education programs, including successfully securing large institutional and new funding sources of approximately $150 Million over 3 years (NIH, HHS, CDC, DARPA, Duke Foundation, and private industry among others) for rapid expansion of Research and Scholarship programs.
●At Windsor University, he is the second-highest ranking officer of the university, providing academic leadership for the university’s colleges, campuses, research institutes, while overseeing academic support services and student services, and responsibility for curriculum, academic planning, faculty appointments, faculty development and promotion, and tenure decisions among many other responsibilities.
●At Abbott and Baxter, he also led global Discovery Research and Development Units for not only personalized healthcare/diagnostics research, but also for pharmaceuticals in multiple therapeutic areas, such as inflammation and immunology and oncology (among others) where oversaw the development of small molecule and biologic portfolio as well as attendant personalized healthcare strategies and technologies from idea to research through to clinical Proof of Concept and then launch.

●Overall, he is a highly seasoned researcher and academic educator with proven track-record of successfully leading innovative Academic Research and Education programs, nationally and globally.

●Author of 300+ peer-reviewed research publications, book chapters and abstract presentations as well as invited national and international presentations; and inventor of several worldwide patents.

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