Steven Niemi is Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts. With more than 35 years’ experience in biomedical research and commercial biotechnology, he has held senior management positions in contract drug and device development, biotech start-ups in gene therapy and genomics, and laboratory animal care. Dr. Niemi is a diplomate and Immediate Past President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, as well as Chairman, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Society for Medical Research. He also holds a part-time appointment as a clinical professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Previous board service includes the Biotechnology Industry Organization's Food and Agriculture Governing Body, Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, National Association for Biomedical Research, Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, and Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, plus numerous national task forces addressing medical product development and laboratory animal welfare. Dr. Niemi earned a bachelor of arts in biology from Harvard College, his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, and a US Public Health Service National Research Service Award while a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.