CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Rich Adcock joins the talented team at NantKwest as CEO, succeeding Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong who is assuming the role of Executive Chair of the NantKwest Board of Directors. Rich has held leadership positions in the healthcare industry for nearly 30 years. He is recognized for his expertise in creating and maintaining a culture focused on rapid innovation in pursuit of broad strategic goals. Rich also is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, ensuring that the execution of those strategies is accompanied by the development and implementation of strong quality systems throughout the enterprise.
Rich began his career in 1992 as a co-founder and Vice President of Research and Development for Micro Medical Systems, where he led the pioneering development of early Cardiology Electronic Medical Records. Rich expanded his leadership roles with GE Healthcare after the company was acquired in 1999, enabling him to gain unparalleled experience in healthcare innovation as well as valuable global experience. After completing an MBA in Healthcare Management, he left GE to join Sanford Health, where he held almost every leadership role for one of largest Integrated Health Systems in the United States, eventually becoming President and then Chief Innovation Officer.
Most recently, Rich served as the CEO of Verity Health, using his skills to steer the troubled hospital Group through a successful restructuring event. Bringing all this experience to the NantKwest team, he looks forward to working with the distinguished researchers at NantKwest and Dr. Soon-Shiong to meet the challenges of transforming the company’s Natural Killer cell technology into successful treatments for cancer and serious infectious diseases.