Jack Lief is co-founder of Arena Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) and has served as a director, president and chief executive officer since April 1997. Lief also serves as a director of TaiGen Biotechnology Co. Ltd.
Lief was selected to become the chairperson of Biocom in March 2005. Biocom is a life sciences industry association representing more than 450 member companies in San Diego and Southern California.
From 1995 to April 1997, Lief served as an adviser and consultant to numerous biopharmaceutical organizations. From 1989 to 1994, he served as senior vice president, corporate development and secretary of Cephalon Inc. (Nasdaq: CEPH), a biopharmaceutical company. From 1983 to 1989, Lief served as director of business development and strategic planning for Alpha Therapeutic Corp., a manufacturer of biological products. Lief joined Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT), a pharmaceutical company, in 1972, where he served until 1983, most recently as the head of international marketing research.
Lief holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree in psychology (experimental and neurobiology) from Lehigh University.