Brian C. Toohey

Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy @ Illumina

Brian C. Toohey is the Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy at Illumina, where he leads the company’s global engagement with policymakers to advance the adoption of genomics in human health. He was previously Senior Vice President for International Advocacy at the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where he led the pharmaceutical industry’s international intellectual property, pricing & reimbursement, and science and regulatory activities. Prior to rejoining PhRMA, Toohey served as the President & CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Executive Vice President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of wireless network operator and service provider Air Cell, Inc. and Director of International Government Affairs at Iridium LLC. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Toohey worked for several years at the U.S. Department of Commerce, primarily on European trade and intellectual property issues.

Mr. Toohey received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where is currently and Adjunct Professor of Science, Technology, and International Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s and United States Trade Representative’s International Trade Advisory Committee. He is Senior Advisor to F.I.R.S.T., a leading nonprofit organization that brings science and technology to America’s schools. Mr. Toohey was Chairman of the Beijing-based U.S. Information Technology Organization(USITO) and a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and the Semiconductor Industry Association. A Boston native, Mr. Toohey and his wife reside in Washington, D.C.