The National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced that Timothy Coetzee, PhD has been named as the organization’s chief research officer, effective Jan. 1, 2011.
Coetzee has been engaged in the multiple sclerosis (MS) movement throughout his career. Most recently, he served as president of Fast Forward, an initiative launched by the National MS Society to focus on speeding commercial development of new MS treatments. Coetzee was instrumental in the founding and establishment of Fast Forward.
“Dr. Coetzee’s experience across all disciplines in MS, from basic research to speeding business development of new therapies for people with MS, makes him the right person at the right time to move us closer to a world free of MS,” Joyce Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the National MS Society, stated in a press release.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to lead the Society’s research efforts at this exciting time as we move ever closer to ending MS forever,” Coetzee stated. “To speed that goal, I look forward to engaging the best scientific minds, to pursuing the most innovative research and business approaches, and to spurring world-wide collaborative efforts.”