Steven AxonCHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER
Steven Axon has served as our Chief Business Officer since January 2017. Prior to joining Apellis, Mr. Axon worked at Merck Serono in Geneva and Boston from 2007 to 2016 with progressive leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, Alliance Management and Business Development. Most recently, Mr. Axon served as Senior Vice President, Business Development with global responsibility for all late stage and commercial transactions. Prior to this, Mr. Axon was Global Head of Alliance Management with responsibility for over 40 strategic research and development collaborations. Prior to joining Merck Serono, Mr. Axon was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Serono in Geneva from 2005 until its acquisition by Merck KGaA in 2007. During the transition, Mr. Axon served as the Serono business lead for the Merck Serono integration. Mr Axon received a B.Sc and M.Sc. in biomechanical and biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto and his M.B.A. from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.