Dr. Billen brings over 40 years of experience in the commercialization of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products in North America and Europe. He started with Janssen in their Belgian headquarters in cardiovascular global marketing, later becoming head of marketing and sales for Janssen’s newly formed affiliate in Canada where he launched multiple products into the Canadian market. Dr. Billen joined Amgen in 1991 to lead its Canadian operations as the company’s first General Manager. He later moved to Amgen’s headquarters in California where he led the U.S. commercial operations business unit and later the combined nephrology and inflammation business unit as Vice President and General Manager. He later served as Amgen’s Vice President of Global Commercial Initiatives with a focus on the evolving U.S. payer landscape. Since April 2019, Dr. Billen has been a director of Lumira portfolio company Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AUPH). Dr. Billen received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Louvain in Belgium.