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John Higgins

The Blue Zones Chairman has over 20 years experience building and running successful companies in the healthcare sector.  He is an expert at strategy and has cultivated a keen instinct for deal-making and executing growth plans. John’s career started in investment banking at Dillon Read working with biotech, managed care and hospital companies.  John has held senior executive posts at multiple companies, and is currently the CEO and President of Ligand Pharmaceuticals where leading research partnerships are focused on cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.  He has served on numerous public and private company boards including Bio-Techne, Intermune, BioCryst, Comentis and Avero. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University.

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Becky Malkerson

Becky brings expertise in biotechnology, medicine and finance to her role as a Blue Zones board member. Becky is currently the EVP/Chief Advancement Officer at the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Since joining the leadership team in 2006, the foundation has received the three largest donations in the University’s history, totaling $155 million. Becky has held senior level leadership positions at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Amgen Inc., United Health Group, and U.S. Bancorp. Becky is actively engaged in community service and professional activities in the Twin Cities area. She received a B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

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Scott Meyer

A Blue Zones board member with healthcare consultant expertise and over 30 years experience as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, educator and leader, Scott has developed an international reputation by providing marketing counsel and business strategy to a broad range of profit and non-profit companies worldwide. Scott has taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas and New York University. He is also active on a number of community and non-profit boards and organizations. In 2011, Scott received the “Award of Excellence” from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and in 2012 was recognized as an “Alumnus of Notable Distinction” from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has traveled to 46 countries during the course of his career.