Brian Ellerman

Founding Director, Arizona FORGE

With over 25 years of industry experience, Brian comes to the University of Arizona having spent the last 15 at Sanofi, a Global 500 biopharmaceutical company, where he held numerous roles from site head overseeing the technical construction aspects of a R&D facility to digital health partnering and corporate strategy. In 2013, he created the technology scouting and partnering group within R&D, and traveled the world to connect the top incubators, accelerators, startups, and venture firms to critical business problems. Building on that success, in 2016 Brian was part of the corporate digital health strategy team, leading a successful global program to optimize the $4 billion clinical research operations through decentralized trials, telemedicine, and other digitally enhanced aspects of trial participant recruitment, enrollment, and retention. He joined the University in July of 2018 to plan the renovation of the Roy Place Building, and founded the FORGE unit in August of 2019.