Scottsdale resident elected to Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation national board

Joseph Nemmers (submitted photo)

Joseph Nemmers (submitted photo)

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America has added Scottsdale resident Joseph Nemmers, advisor to Warburg Pincus and chairman of Accriva Diagnostics, as a new member of CCFA’s National Board of Trustees through 2019.

CCFA’s National Board of Trustees oversees the control and management of the policies, practices, principles, affairs, funds, and property of the organization. Trustees are elected to the board for three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms, according to a press release.

Mr. Nemmers is an executive with more than 35 years of experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Since 2010 he has been an advisor to private equity firm Warburg Pincus. He is currently the chairman of Accriva Diagnostics, a Warburg portfolio company based in San Diego. He has also served on the boards of several public and privately held companies, the release stated.

Mr. Nemmers retired from Abbott Laboratories in 2007 following 27 years of service. He worked in Abbott’s hospital, pharmaceutical, international, and diagnostic businesses. He was president of Abbott Diagnostics and senior vice president of Diagnostic Operations where he led the core laboratory franchise.
His last role was executive vice president responsible for five of Abbott’s medical products businesses with $3.5 billion in sales and 13,000 employees.

Mr. Nemmers graduated from Arizona State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and an Army ROTC commission. He served 13 years in the US Army Reserve.

He has been an active community volunteer for more than 30 years and has held many board member and board chairman roles in human services and parochial education in Chicago and Phoenix. He and Kathy have been married since 1978 and have four sons and one grandson and reside in Scottsdale.

“I am pleased to welcome Joe to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s National Board of Trustees. Volunteers are the lifeblood of CCFA and are hand-selected to join our leadership based on their commitment to accomplishing our vision of a future free of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Joe is representative of the incredibly passionate and dedicated individuals who support the organization and without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today- closer to cures than ever,” stated Michael Osso, CCFA’s president and CEO, in the release.

Over the past five decades, CCFA has built major momentum toward its mission of curing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and improving the lives of children and adults affected by IBD. Increased giving has raised critical revenue enabling CCFA to develop multidisciplinary research initiatives, including programs targeting the microbiome and genetic contributors to IBD, as well as to expand its patient and professional education programs.

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