Mr. Bittenbender is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Genentech. In this capacity, he has oversight of Federal Government Affairs, Public Policy and Reimbursement, State Government Relations and Patient Advocacy. He serves as a member of Genentech’s Commercial Leadership Committee. Prior to joining Genentech, he served as Executive Vice President at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). In his leadership role at BIO, Fritz, had oversight of fully integrated Public Affairs Department that included federal and state government relations, communications, alliance development and membership services. Fritz and his team acted as BIO’s liaison to patient advocacy organizations, physician and payer groups, state and national business organizations, and federal, state and local elected officials across the country. Fritz also served as Executive Director of the Council of State Bioscience Associations, which coordinates the efforts of 50 autonomous biotechnology organizations, located across the continental United States and Puerto Rico. Fritz has significant biopharmaceutical industry experience, most recently having served as Vice President of Global Public Affairs at Cephalon and President of the CephalonCares Foundation.
Before joining Cephalon in 2005, Fritz served as President of Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association for the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to his tenure at Pennsylvania Bio, Fritz was Secretary of Administration, the chief operating officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Fritz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.