Richard J. Hawkins currently serves as the CEO of Lumos Pharma. Previously, Mr. Hawkins founded Pharmaco which offered a full range of clinical drug development services to the pharmaceutical industry. As Chairman, President and CEO, he managed the growth of that organization to over 700 employees. Pharmaco ultimately merged with PPD of Wilmington, NC to form PPD Pharmaco, one of the largest clinical contract research organizations in the world.
After selling Pharmaco, Mr. Hawkins founded id2, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology research management company. Through his position as Chairman and CEO at id2, he has served as an co-founder and advisor for several companies, including Sensus Drug Development Corporation, which developed growth hormone antagonists used in the treatment of diabetes and tumors. Sensus was ultimately sold to Pfizer Corporation (NYSE: PFE).
In addition to Sensus, Mr. Hawkins was co-founder and director of Covance Biotechnology Services, Inc., a full service contract manufacturer of recombinant proteins, located in Research Triangle Park, NC. Covance Biotechnology Services was sold to Akzo Nobel (AMS: AKZA) in early 2001.
Mr. Hawkins also co-founded and served as CEP, President and Chairman of LabNow, a diagnostic device company established to improve the quality of patient care and lower overall treatment costs through deployment of rapid, point-of-care, physician office-based diagnostic testing systems.
Mr. Hawkins serves as a Director for SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) and Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX). Mr. Hawkins was inducted into the Hall of Honor for the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2006, he received Ohio University’s Distinguished Business Achievement Award, and was named one of the top 10 Life Sciences Chief Exceutive Officers in Texas by the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute.
Mr. Hawkins is a member of the National Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. In 2015, he received Ohio University’s Konneker Medal, the highest award given to a faculty member or former student for entrepreneurial excellence.
Mr. Hawkins resides in Austin, Texas and maintains a residence near Columbus, Ohio.