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Mark Kendall Dole

Head of Communications, Biogen Research and Development, Biogen

Since 2015, Mark has served as the head of communications in Research and Development for Biogen, the global discovery and clinical research organization for one of the world’s oldest independent biotechnology companies, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this role, Mark directs Biogen’s communication, increases the organization’s visibility and reputation, launches new communication channels and digital platforms, and advises executive members on public relations, reputation and crisis management issues.

Prior to his role at Biogen, Mark worked in Switzerland for F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. In a variety of roles including, head of communications, global head product communications, global head public affairs, global head neurosciences communications, and senior international communications manager – oncology. Also in Switzerland, Mark served as a communication manager at Novartis Pharma AG as well as the founder and managing director of zebrafish communication GmbH and medical director at Euro RSCG Life.

Mark’s biomedical research experience includes work in the Neural Plasticity Research Group at Massachusetts General Hospital; Molecular Pharmacology Laboratories at Duke Medical University Center; and the Department of Physiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.


Continuing Professional Education

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
Basel, Switzerland, 2010-2015
Concluded highest level of leadership programs for senior executives
Completed communication master classes

Novartis Pharma AG
Basel, Switzerland, 2007-2010
Finished several executive education programs
Mastered global public relations and communication programs

Harvard University
Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999-2002
Master’s Degree
Studied digital media, informatics, and computer modeling applied to environmental design.
Completed two semesters of independent study in digital media with advisor Dr. Stephen Ervin, Associate Dean of Computer Resources, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Penny White Travel Award, Harvard University, spring 2001.
Penny White Travel Award, Harvard University, fall 2001.
Harvard GSD Grant, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, fall 2000.

College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina, 1991-1993
Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Medical Studies with a Major in History and a Minor in Chemistry
Completed pre-medical program comprising forty-two credit hours in life and physical sciences.
Studied Medical History (Bachelor’s thesis).

Received Distinguished Faculty Honors.
Pre-Medical Honor Society
Chemistry Society
History Honor Society

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1996-1997
Post-baccalaureate studies (non-degree)
Graduate courses in pharmacology, cell biology, and developmental biology
Graduate courses in the history of medicine and science

Language Skills - Intermediate German