President & CEO, Swift Biotechnology
Dr. Michael Chambers has been a life-long entrepreneur. He helped found InnoRx Pharmaceuticals in 1999, a company specializing in development of drugs and drug delivery systems for ocular disease. He served as President and CEO of InnoRx until negotiating its sale and merger into SurModics (NASDAQ: SRDX) in January 2005.
He received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva in Switzerland where he received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and a Swiss Confederation Fellowship. He speaks fluent French and Spanish.
He currently serves as the President and CEO of Swift Biotech. Swift is developing several technologies in collaboration with the Mitchell Cancer Institute, including screens for endometrial and ovarian cancer, two of the leading causes of death in women in the United States. He is “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Cabaniss Johnston and regularly serves as arbitrator in complex health care disputes.
He serves as Chairman of the Board of ProUroCare, a publicly traded company based in Minneapolis, and on the board of directors of InQ Biosystems and Gene Capture, both based in Huntsville, Alabama. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Gulf Coast Angel Network, a group he helped found. Dr. Chambers was selected to serve as a member of the team authoring the commercialization component of the Alabama Science & Technology Roadmap, commissioned by then Governor Riley.
Active in the community, he is Chairman-Elect of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves or has served on various boards of directors, including the Biotechnology Association of Alabama, Rotary, the Rotary Children’s Foundation, the YMCA, Goodwill-Easter Seals, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Pritchard Preparatory School and the Presbyterian Home for Children. He founded SOS Teen Driving, www.sosteendriving.com, a program for teen drivers. In 2009 he produced the short documentary, Lusaka, a Sundance Film Festival submission, on the plight of children with HIV/AIDS in Zambia.