Alan Sachs is the Chief Scientific Officer for Thermo Fisher Scientific. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the Chief Scientific Officer for Life Technologies/Life Sciences Solutions Group within Thermo Fisher. Prior to this role, Dr. Sachs was the Vice President of Exploratory and Translational Sciences at Merck Research Laboratories. During his ten years at Merck, he built and directed the global RNA Therapeutics Department, led the Rosetta Inpharmatics group, and led the Department of Molecular Profiling. Before joining Merck, Dr. Sachs was an Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Whitehead Institute Fellow at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Sachs’ academic work focused on understanding of the role of the poly(A) tail in translation and mRNA stability. Dr. Sachs graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biochemistry, and received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.