Dr. Vaishnaw joined Alnylam in 2006, coming from Biogen, Inc. (now Biogen Idec Inc.), where he was most recently Senior Director, Translational Medicine. In his seven years at Biogen he was involved in many aspects of clinical research and business development, and led the effort for the approval of alefacept (Amevive™) for psoriasis. Akshay received his M.D. from the University of Wales College of Medicine, U.K., with Distinctions in Pathology and Medicine, and his Ph.D. from the University of London, U.K., in Molecular Immunology. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, U.K. In addition, Akshay has published papers in leading scientific journals and authored a number of textbook chapters relating to autoimmune disease.