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Chris Wagner


Emerald Health Therapeutics


Chris Wagner is the CEO of Emerald Health Therapeutics. He has spent more than 25 years in marketing pharmaceutical products and building biotechnology companies. Mr. Wagner worked with Eli Lilly for 10 years, rising to Global Team Leader, where he helped develop and commercialize 15 biologic and small molecule products. He left Eli Lilly to join Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Inc. as vice president, Business Development and Global Marketing. During his five years at Aspreva, the company's valuation increased from $2 million to $1 billion; it was later acquired by Galenica. Mr. Wagner most recently served as chairman, president and CEO of Contextual Genomics Inc, a molecular bioinformatics company that has worked with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sanofi to develop genomic cancer diagnostic products. He has a BSc in organic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and completed executive programs in finance and marketing research at Wharton Business School and Kellogg School of Management.