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William Aitchison, Ph.D.

Current Role(s): Head of Global Industrial Operations

Joined Genzyme: 2011

Bill Aitchison leads the global manufacturing organization consisting of nearly 3,500 employees across 8 sites, responsible for production of therapies from Genzyme’s Rare Disease and MS portfolios, as well as Sanofi’s Biosurgery franchise. Bill works closely with the Genzyme business to ensure current demand is met, while also preparing to meet the future need presented in commercial forecasts. He also collaborates with the R&D teams to prepare for commercialization of pipeline development candidates, while also identifying ways to improve on existing production processes.

Prior experience:

  • Senior Vice President, Global Industrial Operations, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Vice President, Strategic Operations & Network Planning, Wyeth Biotech, Wyeth
  • Vice President, Vaccine Operations, Wyeth
  • Managing Director, Vaccines Manufacturing, Wyeth-Lederle Vaccines, Wyeth


  • Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Canada
  • M.S., University of Toronto
  • B.S., University of Waterloo, Canada
Last Updated: 6/25/2015