BOSTON, MA- Renowned nephrologist, philanthropist, community activist and President & CEO of Visterra Brian Pereira is honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from INE Multimedia, a non-profit organization, in association with INDIA New England News New England Choice Awards Gala on November 19, 2022.
Over 350 entrepreneurs, executives, philanthropists, educators and community leaders are expected to attend the gala, which will be held at the Hilton Woburn hotel in Woburn, MA.
dr Pereira is President and CEO of Visterra, a developer of novel antibodies used to prevent and treat infectious diseases and other serious diseases. He is a seasoned biopharmaceutical and healthcare executive with experience in financing and growing businesses, including the clinical development and commercialization of innovative drugs.
Before Visterra, Dr. Pereira served as President and CEO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAG) from 2006 to 2011 and as its President from 2005 to 2006. Prior to AMAG, he was President and CEO of a Tufts Medical Center Physician Organization from 2001 to 2005, where he was instrumental in the restructuring of operations to allow for greater financial strength. He has also held previous roles at Tufts Medical Center, including interim chief operating officer in 2001, vice president of strategic development for the medical division from 1999 to 2001, and staff physician from 1993.
“The New England region has made great contributions to the enrichment of human life, with particular contributions in education, technology, medicine and science. The Indian diaspora has been at the forefront in all of these areas and more recently in philanthropy. So it’s particularly gratifying to be recognized by our community at the New England Choice Awards,” said Dr. Pereira. “During my education in India and my early career on the faculty of Tufts, I have been blessed with exceptional mentors, supportive investors and talented leaders in the companies I have had the privilege of leading.”
dr Pereira received his medical degree (MBBS) from St. John’s Medical College, his MD (Medicine) and DM (Nephrology) from the Post Graduate Institute, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
“Dr. Brian Pereira is a world-renowned nephrologist and a great leader,” said Dr. Manju Sheth, MD, President and CEO of INE MultiMedia. “His philanthropic work with AIF has played a huge role in helping the underprivileged. He is a wonderful person and a role model, especially for doctors. It is our great privilege to honor him and his legacy with the Lifetime Achievement at the NECA Awards 2022.”
dr Pereira is revered by his mentors and peers alike.
Andy Leveya professor at Tufts University School of Medicine who has practiced at Tufts Medical Center in the Department of Nephrology (kidney diseases) since 1979 and even donated a kidney for his wife Roberta there in 1999, knows Dr. Pereira since then immediately arrived in the US and became its research director.
“My mentors Jordan Cohen, John Harrington and Nicolaos Madias met Brian when they met Dr. Kirpal S. Churg (Brian’s mentor) in Chandigarh and were so impressed that they immediately offered Brian a position in my clinical research training program,” Prof Levey told INDIA New England News. “In hindsight, Brian didn’t need a manager. His exceptional intelligence, creativity, hard work and ambition resulted in him being successful in every aspect of our collaboration at Tufts.”
Prof. Levey recalled that he and Dr. Pereira were fortunate to initiate a project to transmit a hepatitis C virus through organ transplantation and Dr. Pereira became an international superstar in this field. At the same time, he worked with Charles Dinarello, already an accomplished scientist at Tufts in the field of inflammation, and applied these findings to observations of sick dialysis patients.
“Brian then developed an interest in the quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease before the onset of renal failure and hypothesized that the poor outcomes he had observed in dialysis patients were due to suboptimal pre-dialysis care. He once again excelled and caught the attention of executives at the US National Kidney Foundation, who recruited him as President, where he energized and streamlined their entire organization,” said Prof. Levey. “At the same time, Tufts Medical Center leadership recognized Brian’s outstanding managerial skills and recruited him to a variety of roles, including CEO of one of the medical professions. It was a sad day for me but no surprise when Brian outgrew Tufts and left to start his own businesses related to kidney disease products which you all are well aware.”
dr Levey said he was grateful for Dr. Pereira’s contributions to kidney disease research and Tufts, for everything he taught him, and for the wonderful friendship their families shared.
“Congratulations, Brian, on this well-deserved honor,” said Prof. Levey.
“Brian is an incredibly thoughtful, compassionate leader in business and philanthropy. His transition from a brilliant academic career to a highly successful business and community leader is truly remarkable,” he said Venkat Srinivasan, a serial entrepreneur, investor and CEO at Innospark Ventures. “Brian and Sunita embody the values that Pratima and I cherish; They are wonderful role models for our community.”
Raj Sharma, Managing Director/Private Wealth Advisor and founder of the Sharma Group at Merrill Private Wealth Management, with Dr. Pareira has worked on a number of charities including AIF and said he was the perfect choice for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Brian Pereira is a perfect selection for the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a unique combination of doctor, entrepreneur, educator and philanthropist, a skill rarely found in a single person,” he said Raj Sharma. “As Chairman of the AIF New England Board of Trustees, he has brought numerous new personalities to the board and provided AIF with a significant platform for future growth. Brian is a class in every way and deserves this wonderful recognition.”
Upendra Mishra, editor of INDIA New England News, IndUS Business Journal, Boston Real Estate Times and Life Sciences Times said that going from a super academic career to a highly successful CEO and philanthropist is an incredible achievement.
“On behalf of our tens of thousands of readers and viewers, we at INE MultiMedia and INDIA New England News are honored to have Dr. To present Pereira with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award 2022. “Whether it’s an AIF event or a political fundraiser, Dr. Pereira is always present to help and mentor young minds. He is truly a pride of Boston, the United States and of course the Indian American community. We look forward to welcoming you all to the gala.”
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