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Biotechnology Executive John F. Milligan to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan
OWU Graduate to Share ‘The Story of Gilead Services,’ a Leader in HIV, Viral Disease Treatment

November 4, 2009

John F. Milligan
Photo courtesy of John F. Milligan, OWU Class of 1983.
DELAWARE, OH – More than two-thirds of Americans receiving treatment for HIV receive one of their medications from Gilead Sciences Inc., a California-based biotechnology company that specializes in the discovery, development, and commercialization of treatments for viral and other life-threatening diseases.

John F. Milligan, Ph.D., president and chief operating officer of Gilead Sciences, will return to his alma mater on Nov. 17 to share “The Story of Gilead Sciences – Building a Business that Transformed a Disease.”

A 1983 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, Milligan will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, also will be streamed live online and archived afterward at StreamOWU.

Founded in 1987, Gilead Sciences now reports annual revenues of more than $5 billion, operations spanning four continents, and a staff of about 4,000 employees. BusinessWeek has ranked Gilead Sciences No. 1 in its 2009 listing of the 50 best-performing companies, up from No. 2 last year.

Milligan earned a bachelor of arts degree with a chemistry major while at Ohio Wesleyan and later earned his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He joined Gilead Sciences in 1990 as a research scientist. In 1996, he was tapped as director of project management and project team leader for the Gilead Hoffmann-La Roche Tamiflu® collaboration. He also served as Gilead Science’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer before being named president in 2008. Milligan was named the top biotechnology industry CFO in the United States by Institutional Investor magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Milligan’s presentation is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship, and is part of the annual Robert L. Milligan “Leaders in Business” Lecture Series.

John Milligan is the grandson of Milligan Lecture Series benefactor Robert L. “Bill” Milligan and his wife, Mary. The late Bill Milligan was a 1922 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and longtime university trustee. Their family roots at Ohio Wesleyan date back to the 1870’s.

Founded in 1985, Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center helps students integrate business theory and practice, and provides lectures and other resources to benefit the business community.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 57 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.