EcoHealth Alliance Elects Simona Skerjanec to its Board of Directors

NEW YORK – October 2, 2014

EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the election of Ms. Simona Skerjanec to its Board of Directors. With over 40 years of innovative science-based research, EcoHealth Alliance continues to be a leading environmental health organization with superior guidance from a diverse, multi-disciplinary Board of Directors.  The EcoHealth Alliance’s Board of Directors provide strategic direction for the organization as well as ensure its financial health and sustainability.

Previously, Ms. Skerjanec worked at Pharmacia as a Director of Life cycle planning and at Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly in clinical development roles. Ms. Skerjanec holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Newly elected member of the EcoHealth Alliance Board of Directors, Simona Skerjanec, PharmD, MBA, is a Senior Vice President at The Medicines Company and leads the Acute Cardiovascular Care Global Innovation Group responsible for the development and commercialization of the portfolio of solutions relevant to acute cardiovascular space. Prior to her current role, Ms. Skerjanec served in a variety of roles at the Medicines Company, including the position of Vice President of Competitive Strategy responsible for development and implementation of Innovation Strategy in the acute cardiovascular disease, as the Innovation Leader for Cangrelor from 2008 until 2010, Vice President of product development for Thrombosis Business Unit from 2006 until 2008 and Senior Director of clinical development from 2003 until 2006.

“We are excited to welcome Simona Skerjanec to our Board of Directors, her scientific background and business acumen will help EcoHealth Alliance in countless ways,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance. Ms. Skerjanec currently resides in Basel, Switzerland and is married and has one son. She is an avid skier, piano player and fabulous cook.

About EcoHealth Alliance

Building on over 40 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and safeguarding human health from the emergence of disease. The organization develops ways to combat the effects of damaged ecosystems on human and wildlife health.  Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions, to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach, focused at the intersection of the environment, health, and capacity building.  Working in the U.S. and more than 20 countries worldwide, EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, and policy initiatives.  For more information, please visit


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