SOURCE: tranSMART Foundation

tranSMART Foundation

February 22, 2016 09:49 ET

The tranSMART Foundation Appoints New CFO & Treasurer

Accomplished CFO, Stephen Johnson, to Oversee Foundation's Finances and Administrative Operations

WAKEFIELD, MA--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2016) - The tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share pre-competitive translational research data, today announced the appointment of Stephen Johnson, CPA, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer. In this position, Mr. Johnson will oversee the finance and administrative operations, as well as the development of policies and procedures, economic strategy and vendor relationships, for the Foundation.

"With the Foundation continuing to grow organically through increased use of the tranSMART platform and our expanding membership base, as well as through the addition of the OpenBEL project, we are looking to Steve to guide the development of our financial and administrative operations to position us for future growth," said tranSMART Foundation CEO Keith Elliston, PhD. "Steve's wealth of executive-level finance experience will be extremely valuable in providing us with the guidance and oversight we need as a rapidly growing non-profit organization."

Johnson has more than 30 years of financial and operational leadership experience, as well as governance experience serving on the boards and chairing finance, audit and compensation committees for several non-profit organizations. His extensive executive experience has been gained from a broad range of dynamic, entrepreneurial and growth-oriented companies where he built high-performing teams, instituted world-class financial controls and processes, raised debt and equity capital, and led both successful IPOs and merger and acquisition transactions.

Prior to joining the tranSMART Foundation team, Johnson had been providing CFO consulting services to various technology companies and organizations. Before his consulting services, he was the CFO at several industry-leading companies, both public and private, including Centra Software (acquired by Saba Software), Managesoft Corporation (acquired by Flexera Software) and Tervela. Earlier in his career, Johnson held a variety of senior financial positions at Avid Technology and Abiomed. He began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire and his M.B.A. from Babson College.

About The tranSMART Foundation
The tranSMART Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides an open-source, cloud-based, data-sharing and analysis platform that enables scientists at universities, disease foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies around the world to share pre-competitive data in a way that saves money and time in translating research findings into new therapies and diagnostic tools. Founded to steward the tranSMART platform, the Foundation is headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts with Centers of Excellence in Ann Arbor, Mich.; London, England; Boston, Mass.; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The tranSMART Foundation can also be found on the web at

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