Healthcare >> CEO Interviews >> October 19, 2009

Cerus Corporation – Claus Glassell

Claus Glassell is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cerus Corporation. Mr. Glassell was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and elected as a member of the company's board in May 2004. Previously he was President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Cambrex Corporation from July 2001 to January 2003, holding management positions from 1994 to 2001, including that of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2000 until 2001, and Vice President and Managing Director of Cambrex Limited from 1994 until 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Glassell was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharma Chemistry Business Area of Nobel Chemicals International AB. He held various international management assignments with Berol in the United States, United Kingdom and Sweden. Mr. Glassell also served on the board of the Swedish Chemical Industry Association from 1993 to 1996 and was a member of the Responsible Care Committee for the Swedish Chemical Industry Association. He currently serves on the boards of directors of CMC Biopharmaceuticals A/S, a contract manufacturing organization, and Cellartis AB, a biotechnology company. Mr. Glassell earned his Master's of Science in chemical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1997. Profile
TWST: Please give us a history of Cerus.

Mr. Glassell: The company was founded back in 1991. The three original founders were all Bay Area scientists affiliated with UC San Francisco (UCSF) and UC