Healthcare >> CEO Interviews >> January 13, 2000

Joe C. Cook Jr. – Amylin Pharmaceuticals (amln)

JOE C. COOK, JR. has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since March, 1998 and a Board member since 1994. He served as a consultant to the Company from 1994 until his present appointment. Mr. Cook is a founder and serves as Chairman of the Board of Microbia, Inc., an early stage start-up biotechnology company located in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Cook is also is a founder of Life Science Advisors, LLC, a senior level management consulting firm serving businesses in the health care sector. Mr. Cook retired from Eli Lilly and Company in 1993 after completing more than 28 years with the company. At the time of his retirement, he was a Corporate Group Vice- President responsible for various functions including: a worldwide business unit, global manufacturing, corporate engineering, corporate quality control and assurance, and other technology and support functions. During his career with Lilly, Mr. Cook was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Elanco Products Company, General Business Manager, Worldwide Capsule Business Unit, Chief Financial Officer, Elanco Products Company, Director, Corporate Information Systems, and held several other cross functional assignments in distribution, finance, production, corporate planning and technology deployment. Mr. Cook is a director Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. San Diego, CA and NABI, Inc. Boca Raton, FL. He is a founder of Mountain Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Black Mountain, NC. Mr. Cook was born in Chattanooga, TN, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Engineering in 1965. He joined Eli Lilly and Company upon graduation. During 1976-77, he spent one year on special leave from Lilly and participated in the President's Executive Interchange Program in Washington, DC. During that year, he served as Director of Administration for the U. S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Cook has been active in many community affairs, including: Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Board of Trustees; Past-Chairman, Advisory Board, College of Engineering, University of Tennessee; Past- Chairman of the Independent Colleges of Indiana Foundation; and Past Vice-Chairman of United Way of Central Indiana. Profile
TWST: Give us a brief overview of Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Cook: Amylin was founded over 10 years ago, and the basis of our

company was a scientific observation that was made at Oxford