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Jim Cowie

Chief Legal Officer, Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

Jim Cowie is currently Chief Legal Officer at Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, and served for 12 years as Senior VP and General Counsel, and one year as Advisor to the CEO at Cadence Design Systems.

Jim Cowie is the Chief Legal Officer of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, which addresses pressing challenges in cancer care and promotes innovation through the integration of clinically driven science and applied engineering. He has spent most of his nearly 30-year career in law and business in technology companies, including over 12 years as senior vice president and general counsel of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
While at Cadence, Cowie was part of the executive management team that led the company through a turnaround that produced strong growth in revenue, profitability, employment and culture (earning recognition including Fortune - 100 Best Companies to Work For, Great Place to Work - World’s 25 Best Workplaces, People - 50 Companies that Care, and ranked #1 among technology companies by Investor’s Business Daily in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) and total shareholder return far in excess of the NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500 indices. Before Cadence, he held positions of increasing responsibility at companies in health information software and services, retail and real estate development, and began his legal career at the law firm now known as Troutman Pepper.
Cowie is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Stanford University’s Buck/Cardinal Club, and the Service Leadership Corps for The Mission Continues. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Business Software Alliance.
Cowie holds a JD from Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Duke University. Before attending law school, he served for more than four years as an officer in the United States Navy, primarily aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, and achieving the rank of Lieutenant.

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