With more than 20 years of experience as a leader in biotechnology, Dr. C. Randal Mills has shown how innovation combined with rigorous execution can alter the course of disease and prevent human suffering. As CEO of Be The Match, Dr. Mills leads an organization of nearly 1,000 professionals and more than 3,000 volunteers, working to save lives through bone marrow transplantation, by ensuring patients get the right match, exactly when they need it.
Before joining Be The Match, Dr. Mills served as CEO of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s $3 billion agency charged with accelerating more than 300 stem cell programs for patients in need. Under his leadership, CIRM 2.0 was launched and internationally recognized for its speed–to–market, innovation and productivity. As CEO of Osiris Therapeutics, Dr. Mills led the company through its IPO and launched several first–in–class cell therapy products, including remestemcel–L—the first stem cell drug used for the treatment of children with deadly graft–versus–host disease. Dr. Mills also co–founded Regeneration Technologies, Inc., where he invented BioCleanse®, the first sterilization system for human tissue transplantation accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To date, this technology has safeguarded more than three million transplants without a single case of disease transmission.
Dr. Mills was named as one of the World’s 50 Most Influential People in the World Regenerative Medicine Congress list for regenerative medicine and named Emerging Pharmaceutical Leader by Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine. He is the recipient of the George W. Hyatt Memorial Award for outstanding scientific contribution to the field of transplantation and his BioCleanse technology won the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Award.
Dr. Mills serves on numerous boards including as past chairman of KeraLink International, a pioneer in the restoration of sight through corneal transplantation. He received his bachelor’s degree in cell science and doctorate
in drug discovery and development from the University of Florida. He is married with two children and is a licensed pilot.