Board of Directors

Richard W. Brown

Chairman of the Board, BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, American Century Companies, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Stowers Institute for Medical Research and Stowers Resource Management
Richard Brown

Mr. Richard W. Brown serves as Chairman of the Board for BioMed Valley Discoveries, American Century Companies, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, and Stowers Resource Management. Mr. Brown has also served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Stowers Resource Management and BioMed Valley Corporation. Mr. Brown was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Midwest from 1993 to March 2003. Mr. Brown received a MHA from the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a BA in Biology from Phillips University.

David M. Chao, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer, BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
David M. Chao, Ph.D.

Dr. David M. Chao serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of BioMed Valley Discoveries and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Prior to joining BioMed Valley Discoveries, Dr. Chao was head of operations for strategic alliances at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. His previous positions also include co-founder and executive at two biotech start-ups and consultant at McKinsey & Company. After receiving combined MA and BA degrees in biology from Harvard University, Dr. Chao received a Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a predoctoral fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He serves on the board of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, American Century Companies, Nectagen, and the Pembroke Hill School.

Abby Freeman

Former Executive Vice President for Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Brent L. Kreider, Ph.D.

Ms. Abby Freeman is the former Executive Vice President for Administration at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Freeman held positions at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas including Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Equal Opportunity and Minority Affairs Officer, and Vice President for Human Services Administration. Ms. Freeman previously held leadership positions with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Ms. Freeman earned a BA in business administration from Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas. She serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and American Century Companies.

Clifford W. Illig

Vice Chairman and Co-Founder, Cerner Corporation
Clifford W. Illig

Mr. Clifford W. Illig is Vice Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Cerner Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of healthcare information technology solutions, healthcare devices, and related services. He focuses on growing and expanding Cerner’s market-oriented business units, key strategic relationships, and priority corporate initiatives. Mr. Illig serves some significant regional civic boards and organizations. Mr. Illig received a degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas.

Brent L. Kreider, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer, BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Brent L. Kreider, Ph.D.

Dr. Brent L. Kreider serves as Chief Operating Officer of both BioMed Valley Discoveries and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. In his previous position as Vice President and Global Head of Scientific Operations at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Dr. Kreider provided senior management oversight to scientific support functions at institute sites throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining Novartis, he held senior leadership positions at three biotech companies. Dr. Kreider received a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania and performed postdoctoral research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

William B. Neaves, Ph.D.

President Emeritus, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
William B. Neaves, Ph.D.

Dr. William B. Neaves is President Emeritus of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Previously, Dr. Neaves served as Chief Executive Officer of the Stowers Institute from 2000 to 2010. Prior to joining the Stowers Institute, he held various positions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Neaves currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Stowers Resource Management, BioMed Valley Corporation, and BioMed Valley Discoveries. Dr. Neaves received an AB magna cum laude with highest honors in biology from Harvard College in 1966 and a PhD in anatomy from Harvard University in 1969.

Roderick L. Sturgeon, MBA

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Roderick L. Sturgeon, M.B.A.

Mr. Roderick L. Sturgeon is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Mr. Sturgeon joined the Stowers Institute in February 2007 from a position as Senior Vice President, Personal Expression Group Finance at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Mr. Sturgeon received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a MBA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He serves on the Kansas State University Business College Advisory Board, the Community National Bank Board, and the American Century Investments Board.

Jonathan S. Thomas

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Century Investments
Brent L. Kreider, Ph.D.

Mr. Jonathan S. Thomas is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Century Investments. Mr. Thomas joined American Century in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, and a member of the American Century Companies Board of Directors. He became CEO in March 2007. Prior to joining American Century, Mr. Thomas was Global Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of the Investment Management division at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Mr. Thomas received a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and a MBA from Boston College.