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Machelle Sanders

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
A seasoned pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive, Machelle Baker Sanders was appointed as N.C. Secretary of Commerce by Gov. Roy Cooper in 2021. She previously served as vice president of manufacturing and general manager of Biogen’s largest and most advanced manufacturing facility in Research Triangle Park. She held leadership positions overseeing manufacturing, global quality assurance, and quality control functions at Biogen, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, and Diosynth-Akzo Nobel. Before joining Commerce, she led the Department of Administration. Sec. Sanders is a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, serving as Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Inclusion, North Carolina Complete Count Commission, and the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force. She created the Women’s Innovation Network at Biogen. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from N.C. State University and a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.
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