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Distinguished BioPharmaceuticals Mentor to be Recognized at the LES 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago

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Distinguished BioPharmaceuticals Mentor to be Recognized at the LES 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago


Reston, Va. (October 16, 2017) On Monday, October 23, 2017,  the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. will recognize Frank Barnes Mentor Award recipient Bill Mattson, a longtime LES (U.S.A. and Canada) member and retired leader in biopharmaceuticals. Mattson will be presented this award during the LES 2017 Annual Meeting’s gala reception and dinner at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

The Frank Barnes Mentor Award was established to memorialize its namesakes’ vast mentorship contributions and recognize those who have advised others in their field. During a long career that has spanned billions in major transactions and years with the top names in healthcare, Mattson is being honored for the time and energy he has spent mentoring his peers. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and has 45 years of experience with Abbott Labs, Monsanto/Searle Pharmaceuticals, The Mattson Jack Group, and Linden Capital. 

The last five Frank Barnes Mentor Award recipients were Ed Saltzman of Defined Heath (2016), Lawrence J. Udell of the California Invention Center (2015), John G. Poulos of AbbVie (2014), Don Drinkwater of the Bose Corporation (2013), and Pam Demain of Merck (2012). A full list of previous honorees and additional information can be found at 

Prior to his time as Operating Partner at Linden Capital, Mattson cofounded The Mattson Jack Group and helped to build the business to 110 employees. The consulting firm was later acquired by the WPP Group (now Kantar Health). Mattson began his career working in finance at Abbott Labs, where his passion for biopharmaceuticals would lead him to general management roles around the world. The award recipient earned a Master in Business Administration from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bradley University.

The Frank Barnes Mentor Award presentation will be one of the highlights of the “Licensing in Blues Alley” Gala Reception and "Chicago, Chicago, That Kind of a Town” Gala Dinner. Attendees are invited to go back to the heart of music in Chicago by wearing some 1920s-inspired, after-five (semi-formal) style for a night of nostalgic fun. This award is presented annually and is part of the LES 2017 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (Sunday, October 22 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017). Learn more at 

About Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.:

Established in 1965, Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. [LES (U.S.A. and Canada)] is the industry leader for a professional society of over 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development, and orderly transfer of intellectual property. LES (U.S.A. and Canada) members are comprised of accountants, consultants, lawyers, engineers, executives, and scientists. These members represent innovation-oriented enterprises of all sizes—such as government laboratories, professional services firms, global corporations and universities. LES (U.S.A. and Canada) is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has 32 sister societies representing over 10,000 members in 90 countries.www.lesusacanada.org.


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