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Rich Polgar

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Director, Global Procurement
Rich Polgar is the Director of R&D Global Procurement at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He joined the organization in 2009 and has held positions of increasing responsibility as a category strategist for the CRO and Clinical Lab areas. Rich recently developed and implemented a strategy that has integrated central labs, biomarker labs and bioanalytical labs with internal operations at BMS. This effort reduced costs by more than 25% while bringing new technology and innovation into the organization. Rich’s efforts in logistics have achieved more than 35% savings through demand management, cost control and innovation. His efforts in the lab space have expanded beyond pricing and focused on study design optimization, reduced blood draws, integration of new technology, strategic technology transfers of assays as well as reduced cycle time through better program and enterprise-level planning of assays. This effort has saved more than 42 million dollars in three years.

Prior to BMS, Rich worked at Schering-Plough in the Vendor Strategy & Management group and at two CROs. Rich earned his B.S. in Biology and his Masters in Neuroscience from Syracuse University.