Bio Details

Edward Morrey Atkinson III

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Atkinson is Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Head of Commercial Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Vertex Pharmaceuticals with over 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical development, launch, manufacturing and supply chain. Prior to his role at Vertex, Dr. Atkinson served in a number of roles at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), including most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations, where he helped lead the manufacturing and cell therapy integration team for BMS’s $74 billion merger with Celgene. Prior to BMS, he served as Chief Scientific Officer at Cook Pharmica (now Catalent) and Head of Biologics Development & Manufacturing Sciences at Eli Lilly, where he specialized in biologics, manufacturing and development. Throughout his career, he has participated in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of multiple commercial products at Eli Lilly, BMS and Vertex. He has also been instrumental in spearheading the building and qualification of R&D and commercial manufacturing facilities across the United States and Europe. Dr. Atkinson holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences and a B.S. from Indiana University in Biology.