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Tony Russell

Russell, Tony

Job Title: Exec. Director, Head of New Product Planning
Company: Chinook Therapeutics
Industry: Pharmaceuticals/Biotech
Mentor Since: Fall 2018
Will Mentor: Bridge MBA Students, Graduate Students

Job Description

Leading new product strategy and commercial planning for all pipeline programs in rare kidney diseases.

Company Description

Chinook Therapeutics (Nasdaq: KDNY) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for kidney diseases.

Employment History

Please see LinkedIn profile:


1998: MBA (Seattle University)

1998: PhD (University of Washington) [Physiology and Biophysics]

1992: BA (UC Santa Cruz)

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My mentoring experience has centered around those who are looking to make a transition in the careers (e.g. moving from research into other business functions) as well as those looking to expand their skill sets beyond their current function. I have found that meeting on a regular basis (once per month, once per quarter) with assigned activities (e.g. read certain books, connect with others within my network) tends to work best. The mentoring experience tends to work best the more the student has a clear goal in mind.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Happy to meet at coffee shops in the morning hours.

Additional Information

I have worked extensively within the biotechnology industry in the Seattle area. I am also living in the Seattle area, so connecting with Seattle University students will not be an issue.