Mary ThistleChief of Staff at Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute
Ms. Mary Thistle brings significant experience in the life sciences industry, serving in senior finance, operations and business development roles. She is currently the Chief of Staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, a non-profit biotech organization that applies translational science to combat diseases that disproportionately impact the populations of low- and middle-income countries. From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Thistle served as the Chief Operating Officer at Dimension Therapeutics. Prior to joining Dimension, Ms. Thistle served in several roles at Cubist Pharmaceuticals from 2009 to 2015, concluding as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Integration Management. Ms. Thistle held additional leadership positions at ViaCell from 1997 to 2008. Ms. Thistle currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee on the Board of Directors for Homology Medicines. She is also a member of the Board for both Enterome and Cocoon Biotech. Ms. Thistle began her career in finance as a certified public accountant working with both private and public companies. She received her B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts.