Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

Elaine Brennan/Northwell

Elaine Brennan is Chief Commercialization Officer at Northwell where she has responsibility for managing and developing collaborative and strategic relationships with the pharmaceutical industry. The focus is in establishing Northwell as a premier destination for clinical research, innovation, outcomes, and international programs.

Previously, Elaine was the CEO of Socrates, a health care information technology company, where she led the development and launch of its electronic health records system in the U.S. Prior to that she worked with Enterprise Ireland, managing the Irish life sciences companies entering the U.S. market.

She also founded Gastroenterology Ireland, which combined a cluster of companies, research and development, and Irish opinion leaders in Ireland and the U.S. Her pharmaceutical career at Roche, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Abbvie included marketing, sales, and clinical roles launching blockbuster products in the virology sector.

Elaine has published scientific articles on genetic engineering and biodegradable polymers applications, and patented many products in the same area. She earned her science degree in the U.K. and did her early education in County Galway and Belgium. She currently resides in New York with her son Cian. ♦