Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Began assumed the role of Executive Vice President and General Counsel in March of 2023. He brings more than 25 years of experience representing life science companies as in-house and external counsel. From June 2018 until its acquisition in December 2022 by Johnson and Johnson, Inc., he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Abiomed, Inc., a publicly traded med-tech company specializing in heart, lung and kidney recovery and was responsible for leading its legal, compliance and business development functions. While at Abiomed, he oversaw the acquisitions of new companies and new products. From August of 2017 until June of 2018, he was Vice President of Legal and Intellectual Property at Boehringer Ingelheim, a privately held pharmaceutical and biologics company, where he was responsible for medical device, pharmaceutical, and biologic legal and intellectual property issues. Before joining Boehringer Ingelheim, he held various positions of increasing responsibility over a 15-year period at Novo Nordisk, a publicly traded company specializing in metabolic and endocrinological diseases. Prior to becoming an in-house lawyer for Novo Nordisk, Mr. Began was in private practice at the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP in New York, where he handled a broad range of legal matters, including litigation, intellectual property, corporate transactions, regulatory and compliance for private and public companies. Mr. Began earned a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School at Union University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.