Prof William Chin
Bertarelli Professor Emeritus of Translational Medical Science and Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Prof. William Chin is the former Executive Vice President for Science and Regulatory Advocacy and Chief Medical Officer at PhRMA where he led PhRMA’s continuing efforts in science and regulatory advocacy in the drug discovery and development ecosystem, retiring January 1, 2018. He was also the Executive Dean for Research, Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) from 2010 to 2013. In this role, Prof. Chin spearheaded efforts to design and implement the vision for research at HMS, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary and translational research that crosses departmental and institutional boundaries.
Prior to this position, Prof. Chin was at Eli Lilly and Company, where he worked for over a decade starting in 1999, last as senior vice president for Discovery Research and Clinical Investigation.
Prof. Chin is a Harvard-trained endocrinologist and longstanding faculty member. His career is exemplified in part by his extensive bibliography of nearly 300 papers, chapters and books, most of which were generated during his 25 years on the HMS faculty. During his tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he was chief of the Genetics Division and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and professor of medicine at HMS.
As a pioneering molecular endocrinologist at HMS, Prof. Chin embraced the early use of emerging DNA technology to make important discoveries regarding the structure, function and regulation of hormone genes. His investigations often demonstrated a translational research theme, connecting basic laboratory discoveries to their physiologic relevance in animal models and humans. He has been honored with numerous awards for research, mentorship and leadership. He received his AB (Chemistry; summa cum laude) from Columbia University and his MD from HMS.