Garo Armen

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Garo Armen, PhD, is an American-Armenian living in New York, born in Istanbul. Founder and Chairman of Children of Armenia Fund.

Garo H. Armen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Antigenics Inc., the biotechnology company he cofounded with Pramod Srivastava in 1994. From mid-2002 through 2004, he was also chairman of the board of directors for the biopharmaceutical company Elan Corporation, where he successfully engineered the restructuring of the company.

Prior to Antigenics, Dr. Armen established Armen Partners, a money management firm specializing in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and was the architect of the widely publicized creation of the Immunex Lederle oncology business in 1993. Earlier, he was a senior vice president of research at Dean Witter Reynolds, having begun his career on Wall Street as an analyst and investment banker at EF Hutton.

Before entering finance, Dr. Armen was a research fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratories in Long Island, NY. He received a PhD in physical chemistry from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.