Richard Francis is the CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and an operating partner for Syncona.
He led Purespring Therapeutics as CEO from 2021 through to the end of 2022 and remains an active Board member.
Prior to this, Richard was the CEO of Sandoz, a global leader in generics and biosimilars. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis Sandoz.
Richard joined Novartis from Biogen Idec, where he was most recently Senior Vice President of US Commercial. Prior to this role and during his 13-year career at the company, he was the Head of Global Strategy and Marketing, Managing Director of Canada, and Managing Director of the UK & Ireland.
From 1998 to 2001, Richard was at Sanofi in the UK and held various marketing roles across the company’s urology, analgesics and cardiovascular products. He also held sales and marketing positions at Lorex Synthelabo and Wyeth.
Richard received a B.A. in Economics from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.