Peter C. Farrell

Peter C. Farrell, PhD, DSc, AM, Founder And Chairman Of The Board

Peter Farrell is ResMed’s founder and chairman of the board. He has been board chairman and a director since ResMed’s inception in June 1989.


Dr. Farrell served as CEO from July 1990 until December 2007, and from February 2011 until March 2013. He served as executive board chairman from December 2007 until February 2011, and from March 2013 through December 2013. Since January 1, 2014, he has been a non-officer employee of ResMed.


Before founding ResMed, Dr. Farrell served as vice president of research and development at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc. (NYSE: BAX), from July 1984 to June 1989, and managing director of the Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd., a Baxter subsidiary, from August 1985 to June 1989. From January 1978 to December 1989, he was foundation director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales, where he currently serves as a visiting professor and as chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He served on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences & Technology Program from 1998 through 2018, and currently serves on the MIT Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council.


Dr. Farrell also serves as independent board chairman at Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ: ARCT), an RNA therapeutics company, and on two faculty advisory boards at the University of California, San Diego: the Rady Business School and the Jacobs Engineering School. He is also chair of WaveGuide, a startup leveraging nuclear magnetic resonance technology developed within Harvard’s School of Physics.


Dr. Farrell’s past board appointments include director of NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), which develops and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders from 2005 through 2018, and non-executive board chairman of QRx Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2007 through 2014.


Dr. Farrell is a fellow or honorary fellow of several professional bodies. In 2012, he became an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and joined the board of trustees of Scripps Research. He was named 2005 U.S. National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, 2001 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, and 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences. He has served on the Executive Council of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1998, served as vice chairman from 2000 until 2010, and chairman until May 2013.


Dr. Farrell has a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from MIT, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, for research contributions in the field of treatment with the artificial kidney.

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