Julia R. Brown

Past Chairman of the Board

Director, Biodel; former director, Targacept, Tanox, others.

Julia R Brown is chair of the board of Corporate Directors Forum.  She is a member of the board of directors of Biodel, Inc., and previously served on the board of directors of Targacept, Inc., Tanox Inc., Trius, Inc., and several other development stage pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical companies. She has chaired the compensation committees of five public companies. She also serves on nominating and governance committees.

Julia is a trustee and past chair of the board of trustees of the UC San Diego Foundation. She is a former member of National Association of Corporate Directors and Women Corporate Directors.  She is a member of the board of CleanTECH San Diego, an industry association, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

From 2000-2003, Julia was executive vice president of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and served as advisor to the CEO until 2008. Prior to joining Amylin, Julia was executive vice president of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Julia spent over 25 years with Eli Lilly and Company in progressively more senior roles. From 1992-1994, Julia was senior vice president of IVAC Corporation and general manager of its Vital Signs Division (a Lilly subsidiary). She was vice president of Worldwide Marketing for Hybritech (another Lilly subsidiary), and led global marketing from1986-1992.

In 2012, Julia received UC San Diego’s Chancellor’s Medal for distinguished service to the university. In 2014, UC San Diego’s Alumni Association honored Julia as Honorary Alumna of the Year. In 2010, Julia received CONNECT’s award for “Distinguished Contribution to the Life Science Innovation”. She was a winner of the San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award in 2006. In 2005, Girl Scouts San Diego named Julia one of “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women.”  Julia has twice been honored in San Diego’s “Tribute to Women in Industry.