Wayne Merkelson

Board Member

Wayne Merkelson presently serves and has served as a Legal Advisor to AgBiome since February 2014. He served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Novartis Finance Corporation, the US holding for Novartis from January, 1997, and in many other executive and legal roles with Novartis and its predecessor, Sandoz, from April 1989 through January 2014. He served as Vice President at Citibank, NA from September 1987 through April 1989, and as a Tax Lawyer with Amstar Corporation from July 1978 through August 1987. Previously, he worked as an associate at the law firm, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.

Wayne graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with an A. B. from the College of Arts & Sciences, and in 1975 with a J.D. from the Law School. He earned an LLM in Taxation from New York University in January 1978.

Wayne serves as a mentor at the McGovern Family Center for Ventures in the Life Sciences at Cornell University, is admitted to the New York Bar, and is a member of the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.

Wayne is married to Nancy Roistacher, M.D., a practicing physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and has two married sons, Randall, a graduate of Cornell University in 2001, and Georgetown Law School in 2005, and Jeremy, a graduate of Yale University in 2004, and the University of Virginia Law School in 2009.

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