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J&J Vice Chairman to Keynote MichBio Expo and Conference
 
Christine Poon, vice chairman of Johnson & Johnson, will be the keynote speaker for MichBio’s statewide Expo and Conference, to be held Nov. 18-19 at the Rock Financial ShowPlace in Novi, Mich. 
 
Poon also serves as worldwide chairman of J&J’s pharmaceuticals group at the drug giant, a position she has held since January. She is responsible for managing Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical, consumer pharmaceutical, and nutritional businesses, in addition to overseeing its expanding R&D pipeline. She is also a member of the company's executive committee.
Poon joined Johnson & Johnson in 2000 as group chairman in the pharmaceuticals group. She was named worldwide chairman, medicines and nutritionals, in 2003, and was appointed vice chairman two years later.
 
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Poon served in various management positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 15 years, including president of international medicines from 1998-2000, and president of medical devices from 1997-98. She is a director of Prudential Financial, the US-China Business Council, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
 
Poon received a BA in biology from Northwestern University, an MSci in biology and biochemistry from St. Louis University, and an MBA in finance from Boston University.
 

 
NC Biotech Center Executive Elected to Board of NC Economic Developers Association
 
Mike Wilkins, senior vice president of statewide operations and economic development for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, has been elected to the board of directors of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association. The Raleigh-based, 600-member group represents the state’s economic-development professionals.
 
Wilkins leads a division whose objectives include fostering the creation and growth of biotech companies, business development, and new job opportunities statewide.
Wilkins oversees the biotech center's five regional offices, five regional biotechnology advisory committees, and worldwide economic-development activities. He joined the NC biotech center last fall [BRN, Nov. 5, 2007].
 
A native of Roxboro, NC, Wilkins was previously senior policy advisor to North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Joe Hackney, and served three consecutive two-year terms in the NC House from 1992-98, representing District 22. He later served as assistant secretary of commerce for economic development under Gov. James Hunt, Jr., and was a member of the state's Utilities Commission.
 
Before joining state government, Wilkins was founder and chief operating officer of Convenience Corner, a Roxboro company with real estate, restaurants, convenience stores, and car washes in central North Carolina. 
 
Wilkins received a BBA degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and served four years as a captain in the US Air Force.

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