Biography

Beverly A. Brown, Ph.D.

Robert A. Brown with his wife, Beverly

Dr. Robert Brown and Dr. Beverly Brown

Beverly A. Brown, Ph.D., is director of development for both the Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) and the Office of Technology Development (OTD) at Boston University. CGHD is a multidisciplinary applied research center that seeks to engage faculty from across Boston University to help solve the critical global health and social development challenges of our time. Its mission is to conduct policy- and program-relevant applied research and to advocate for the use of the research evidence to improve the health of low-income or marginalized populations around the world. OTD works with members of the University community to translate ideas into useful products and services by providing assistance with patents, licensing, funding, business incubation, and other services. Dr. Brown works to foster collaboration and development across disciplines and departments on both campuses of Boston University in order to advance global biomedical research and public health initiatives. Her work at Boston University is in the capacity of a full-time volunteer.

Previously, she was chief development officer for CIMIT, the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, a non-profit consortium of Boston-area academic medical centers and universities which supports and facilitates innovation and development of medical devices and re-engineered clinical systems. Prior to that, she served as vice president of business development at Linden Bioscience, based in Woburn, Mass., providing invaluable product and corporate start-up experience.

She has extensive experience in medical products technology and market assessment as well as marketing and product development expertise in the areas of neuroscience, gene expression and drug discovery. She has authored 31 publications, two book chapters, and has one issued patent on drug discovery technology.

She began her career in research and development and held various research positions, at DuPont and Baxter International, in diagnostic and therapeutic research, as well as in drug discovery assay development. She made the transition into development as director of business development at PerkinElmer.

Dr. Brown's academic background includes a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Neurochemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

At Boston University, she is an Overseer and member of the Development Committee for Marsh Chapel, and she also serves on the advisory boards for WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and the WISE@Warren residence floor. She has been the honorary president of the BU Women's Guild since 2005. She travels extensively to support the University's efforts across the United States, as well as Asia, India, and the Middle East. In addition to her work at BU, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Medical Simulation, based in Cambridge and on the Board of Directors of the Home for Little Wanderers based in Boston.

She and her husband, Dr. Robert A. Brown, president of Boston University, live in Brookline, Mass. They have two grown sons.