The Charles A. Sanders Page

Sanders was a member of the Committee on Research of The Massachusetts General Hospital in 1968. Paul S. Rissell MD, later a director of Warner-Lambert from 1974 to 1994, was also a member.

Massachusetts General Hospital, 1968 / UCSF-Legacy

"Dr. Charles Sanders, a cardiologist, general director of Mass. Gen. Hosp., has been offered 'the Carter administration's key health position,' the post of assistant secretary for health HEW, James Herzog, in the Louisville Courier-Journal, reported. Herzog said Sanders is likely to accept." (Tobacco Institute Newsletter March 8, 1977, No. 168.) However, Julius B. Richmond ended up wth this post as well as Surgeon General.

Tobacco Institute Newsletter, 1977 / UCSF-Legacy

Office of Technology Assessment

Sanders was on the OTA Health Program Advisory Committee. Stuart H. Altman of the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University was a fellow committee member. Lester Breslow was Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Efficacy and Safety, and Kenneth E. Warner was a member. Michael Gough of the National Institutes of Health assisted in the preparation of the report. (Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies," OTA, Sep. 1978.)

OTA, 1978 / Princeton University (pdf, 7pp)

From 1981 to 1989, Sanders held positions up to Vice Chairman at the Squibb Corp.; from 1990 to 1995, Chairman/CEO of Glaxo Inc./Glaxo plc.


Sanders is an emeritus director of the Lasker Foundation's Research!America funding lobby.

Board of Directors / Research!America

The Commonwealth Fund

Sanders was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Fund for 15 years, from 1988 until his retirment in 2003, when he was elected an honorary director. (Samuel O. Thier, MD, Elected Chairman of Commonwealth Fund. Press release, Jan. 2, 2003.) Thier was President of Massachusetts General Hospital from 1994-1997.

Thier Elected / Commonwealth Fund 2003

Other directors of the Commonwealth Fund include William R. Brody, Karen Davis, and Jane E. Henney. Robert J. Glaser and Margaret E. Mahoney are honorary directors.

Directors & Staff / The Commonwealth Fund (pdf, 4pp)

Guggenheim Foundation

Sanders was a Trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 1991 to 1996. Other trustees included Frederick Seitz, 1973-83 (Chair 1976-83), William T. Golden 1976-81, W. Clarke Wescoe 1976-91 (Chair 1983-91), and Edward E. David Jr. 1982-98.

Officers and Trustees / Guggenheim Foundation

New York Academy of Sciences

Sanders was Chairman of the Board of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1992. Board member David Hamburg was on the search committee for a new CEO. The board nominated Joshua Lederberg to be the academy's president. (New CEO Envisions A Broader Role For New York Academy. By Barbara Spector. The Scientist 1992 Mar 16;6(6).)

New NYAS CEO / The Scientist, 1992

CASA Commission on Substance Abuse at Colleges and Universities

Members of the CASA Commision on Substance Abuse at Colleges and Universities included Charles A. Sanders, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Joan Weill (wife of Sanford Weill). It produced "The Smoke-Free Campus," August 1993. It was funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Commonwealth Fund, and the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

The Smoke-Free Campus / CASA (pdf)

Morton International

Sanders was a director of Morton International from 1989 until 1995. Four of the eight other directors were also directors of the Chicago Interlock of Inland Steel-Stone Container-McDonald's-Household International-Aon.

Morton International 1994 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Merrill Lynch & Company

Sanders was a director of Merrill Lynch & Company from 1987 until resigning in 1995 to run for the US Senate. A fellow director, William O. Bourke, was Chairman of the Board of Reynolds Metals.

Merrill Lynch & Co. 1995 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Reynolds Metals

In 1992, Sanders joined the Board of directors of Reynolds Metals until 1995, when he resigned to run for the US Senate against the incumbent, Jesse Helms (R-NC). Joe B. Wyatt of the Washington Advisory Group was also a director, until 2000 when the company merged with Alcoa.

Reynolds Metals 1995 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

According to Open Secrets, Sanders spent $1,760,140 of his own money on his unsuccessful race. (Buying Your Way In: Self-Financed Candidates. Open Secrets.)

Buying Your Way In / Open Secrets

North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation

Sanders is President of the Healthy Start Foundation in North Carolina. Other directors include Stuart O. Bondurant, W. Travis Porter, and Leslie H. Bevacqua; Porter and Bevacqua are registered lobbyists for GlaxoWellcome (of which Sanders is the former CEO, and which provided the original funding of $5 million in 1990) as well as for Healthy Start.

Directors - March 6, 2000 News Release / Healthy Start
Healthy Start Registered Lobbyists / North Carolina Secretary of State

$130,000 funding for worthless quit-smoking manipulation: "Four Counties Share Grant From Healthy Start Foundation," and "Six Counties Share Grant From Healthy Start Foundation," Oct. 30, 2000.

Four Counties Grant / Healthy Start Foundation
Six Counties Grant / Healthy Start Foundation

President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

Sanders was appointed to the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in 1994 and served throughout the Clinton administration. (White House Press Release, Aug. 3, 1994.)

PCAST, 1994 / Clinton National Archives

Sanders was an honorary co-chair of "Scientists & Engineers for Clinton/Gore," 1996. He and several other of the honorary co-chairs were members of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) (Murray Gell-Mann, Mario Molina, and Sally Ride.)

Scientists & Engineers for Clinton/Gore post

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Sanders is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the FNIH and has been since it was established in 1996. Other directors include Mrs. William McCormick Blair Jr., Joshua Lederberg, and former Rep. John Edward Porter (R-IL), also a director of Research!America.

Board of Directors / Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

"NINDS/NIMH Celebrate Brain Science at Gala," by Shannon E. Garnett, NIH Record, Nov. 13, 2001. Deeda Blair, John Edward Porter, Stanley "Prions" Prusiner, and Charles A. Sanders were there. Leslie Stahl of CBS 60 Minutes moderated the panel.

NINDS/NIMH Brain Science Gala / NIH Record, 2001

Anne and Charles Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rogers, Sen. Ted Kennedy, James Watson, former Rep. John Edward Porter, Cokie Roberts and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson "joined members of Congress, representatives from the major pharmaceutical companies, and a few prominent Washingtonians at a lavish dinner held at the Library of Congress," chaired by Deeda Blair of the Lasker Foundation. (NIH Dinner Celebrating the Helix and the Genome. Washington Life, May 2003.)

NIH Dinner / Washington Life 2003

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sanders joined the board of directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals in 1996. "From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Sanders held a number of posts at the Squibb Corporation including that of Vice Chairman. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Science and Technology Group, with responsibility for the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs and Licensing. Prior to joining Squibb, he was General Director and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds an M.D. degree from the Southwestern Medical College of the University of Texas and honorary degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Suffolk University. Dr. Sanders has served on the boards of several multinational corporations, including Merrill Lynch and Company, Morton International Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company. Dr. Sanders is currently a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Sciences and Technology." (Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Named to Vertex Board of Directors, December 12, 1996. Vertex Press Release.) Benno C. Schmidt of JH Whitney & Co., the original financier of the company and its chairman of the board, retired a few months later in 1997.

Sanders / Vertex Pharmaceuticals, 1996
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission
The Benno C. Schmidt Page

The Washington Advisory Group

Sanders is a principal of the Washington Advisory Group, who perpetrated a major heist of the state of Michigan's tobacco settlement money, thanks to crony connections to the University of Michigan's Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, Gilbert S. Omenn. Sanders is a member of the WAG's nine-member team "for support of proposal review and program development" for the big slush fund.

University of North Carolina

Sanders has served on the UNC Board of Trustees between 1996 and 2001; the Board of Advisors of the UNC Center for Civil Rights; the Graduate Education Advancement Board; the Advisory Board of the School of Public Health (where 1990-93 CDC Director William L. Roper is Dean).

Partners in Leadership / UNC School of Public Health


Sanders is "Lead Director" at Genentech, where he has been a director since Aug. 1999. J. Richard Munro, the former Chairman and CEO of Time Inc., was a director from 1988 until then.

Genentech 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Staffmark / Edgewater Technology Inc.

Staffmark bought Edgewater in 1999, then changed its name to Edgewater in 2000. Sanders was a director of Edgewater Technology from 1996 until 2003. Bob L. Martin, former President and CEO of Wal-Mart International, is a fellow director.

Edgewater Technology 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Magainin / Genaera Corp.

Magainin was renamed Genaera in 2001. Sanders was a director from 1996 to 2003. Fellow Washington Advisory Group principal James Wyngaarden is a fellow director, also since 1996. The State of Wisconsin Investment Board has owned a large chunk of its stock since 1999. The company makes drugs for asthma and obesity.

Genaera Corp. 2002 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Trimeris Inc.

Sanders has been a director of Trimeris since 1996. Tisch brothers Andrew, Daniel, James and Thomas own about a quarter of the company, which develops news drugs for AIDS. (Tisches embrace Trimeris. By Sabine Vollmer. Triangle Business Journal Feb. 25, 2002.)

Trimeris Inc. 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission
Tisches embrace Trimeris / Triangle Business Journal 2002

AMA Task Force on Association/Corporate Relations

Sanders and AHF Trustee Edmund D. Pellegrino were consultants to the AMA Task Force on Association/Corporate Relations, 1997. (AMA Board of Trustees Interim Report on Association/Corporate Relations, 1997.)

Task Force on Association/Corporate Relations, 1997 / American Medical Association (doc)

FDA Science Board, 1997

Sanders and Ruby P. Hearn, Senior Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, were on the Science Board to the Food & Drug Administration, 1997. ("An abbreviated history of at Least Four Decades of Efforts to Upgrade the Quality of Science in the FDA" - sic. The FDA is virtually flawless compared to the deliberate and systematic scientific fraud perpetrated by the health fascist lobby in order to falsely blame lifestyle and pollution for diseases that are really caused by infection!)

Abbreviated History / US Food & Drug Administration

Kendle International Inc.

Sanders was a director of Kendle International from 1997 until October 2001. Its co-founder, Candace W. Kendle, "served in a variety of positions at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine," and is a director of H.J. Heinz Company.

Kendle International Inc. 2001 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Scios Inc.

Sanders was a director of Scios from 1997 until it was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2003. Donald B. Rice, President and CEO of the RAND Corporation from 1972 to 1989; and Burton E. Sobol, the editor of Circulation since 1989, were also directors.

Scios Inc. 2002 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Pharmacopeia Inc.

Sanders was a director of Pharmacopeia from 1997 until resigning in 2003. The Chairman and CEO of Pharmacopeia, Frank Baldino Jr., was also Chairman of the Board of Cephalon, which Sanders joined in 2001. Former AHF Trustee Gary E. Costley has been on the board of Pharmacopeia since 1996.

Pharmacopeia 2002 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission


Privately held. Sanders has been a director since 1997. Icagen's founder, President and CEO, P. Kay Wagoner, "initiated and developed Glaxo's ion channel discovery efforts in CNS, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases." Anthony B. Evnin, general partner of the Rockefeller family's Venrock Associates, is a fellow director.

Corporate Management / Icagen

Biopure Corporation

Sanders joined the board of Biopure in 1997. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was a director since 1990, and, in 2002, Thomas A. Moore of the American Health Foundation/Institute For Cancer Prevention was hired as its President, CEO, and a director.

Biopure Corp. 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

IOM Committee on NIH Research Priority-Setting Process

Sanders was on the Institute of Medicine Committee on the National Institutes of Health Research Priority-Setting Process. Research!America director Leon Rosenberg was chairman, and Lasker Foundation director Purnell Choppin was a member. (Testimony before the Institute of Medicine Committee on the NIH Research-Priority Setting Process, April 3, 1998. Report by Alastair T. Gordon, President of the Islet Foundation.) Gordon's inspired rant against the system's "top-down" dictatorship, and its perverse efforts to 'train diabetics to behave like functioning pancreases' is worth reading.

NIH Research Priority Setting, 1998 / Islet Foundation

National Commission on Retirement Policy, 1998

"The Commission, which is sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is co-chaired by Senators Gregg and Breaux, Congressmen Kolbe and Stenholm, Donald Marron (CEO of Paine Webber), and Charles Sanders (Retired Chairman, Glaxo.)" It calls for mandatory individual savings accounts, raising the retirement age to 70, and reducing benefits. (Informed Budgeteer, June 8, 1998. 105th Congress, 2nd Session: No. 15.)

Informed Budgeteer, 1998 / US Senate (pdf, 2pp)

Viatronix Inc.

Sanders has been a director of Viatronix since 2001. Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, former astronaut, is its chairman of the board and founder. He was also on the board of Fisher Scientific, which Sanders joined in 2003. The company sells 3D imaging software for colonoscopy, etc.

Board of Directors / Viatronix Inc.

Liposcience Inc.

Sanders has been a director of Liposcience since 2001. It was registered in 2002. Three of the other eleven directors also have ties to Glaxo.

Liposcience Inc. 2002 Form S-1 / Securities and Exchange Commission

Cephalon Inc.

In 2001, Sanders joined the board of directors of Cephalon. Fellow director Gail R. Wilensky, who joined in 2002, has been a fellow at Project HOPE since 1993, and was chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, "which advises Congress on all issues relating to Medicare."

Cephalon Inc. 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission


"Nobex Raises $35 Million Through Private Equity Placement - Three New Board Members Elected." Nobex Press Release, Aug. 13, 2002. These included Sanders and Michael J. Berendt, Managing Director of AEA Investors, which handles the money of ultra-wealthy clients such as the Rockefeller family.

Three New Board Members, 2002 / Noonan Russo

Genentech Inc.

"Dr. Sanders was elected a director of Genentech in August 1999 and the lead director of the Board in February 2003." Fellow director Sir Mark Richmond, also elected in 1999, was Group Head of Research at Glaxo plc while Sanders was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Glaxo Inc. Dr. Herbert W. Boyer, founder of Genentech and director since 1976, got the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Medal in 1980.

Genentech Inc. 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Project HOPE

Sanders has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Project HOPE since at least 2000. Other past directors include former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Jo Ivey Boufford; AIG Chairman Maurice Greenberg and James T. Lenehan, Worldwide Chairman of Consumer Pharmaceuticals and Professional Group, and Member of the Executive Committee of Johnson & Johnson (whose corporations interlock); and former Surgeon General Louis W. Sullivan.

2002 Annual Report - Directors / Project HOPE (pdf, 4pp)

In 1964, Mary Lasker was a member of the Benefit Committee of project HOPE, along with Mrs. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr.; Hon. and Mrs. Robert B. Meyner (in that year, Meyner was the first and only administrator of the Cigarette Advertising Code); Mrs. William S. Paley; and Mrs. Lowell P. Weicker. Patrons and sponsors of the organization included Mrs. John T. Cahill (wife of Albert Lasker's attorney); the Hearsts; Mary Lasker; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel I. Rosenman; Mrs. Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. (wife of the American Health Foundation trustee); and Mrs. Weicker. Mrs. Edward L. Bernays and Sen. Jacob K. Javits were on the New York Committee for Project HOPE (pp. 12 & 65).

1964 Committees, Project HOPE / UCSF-Legacy

"Last month, Project Hope, the American medical charity, shipped $1.5 million worth of emergency supplies to the Kosovo refugees. But relief workers desperate for syringes, penicillin and insulin found many of the hundreds of boxes instead contained Chap Stick, Preparation H and anti-smoking inhalers -- given by U.S. companies that got a tax break for the donations... Project Hope said... that all of its donations were reviewed by the Ministry of Health in Macedonia, which requested the items -- including the Nicotrol inhalers for use in a pilot anti-smoking program." (New York Times, June 29, 1999.)

Besides its PR front of the hospital ship, Project HOPE also publishes the "Health Affairs" journal, which shamelessly apes the CFR's "Foreign Affairs." Its founding editor is John K. Iglehart, former national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, and former editor of the National Journal, the mouthpiece of Washington Insiders. This pretentious rag is just another instrument of Lasker Syndicate scientific fraud in the service of totalitarianism.

Example: "National Medical Spending Attributable To Overweight And Obesity: How Much And Who's Paying?," by EA. Finkelstein , IC Fiebelkorn and G. Wang (Health Affairs 2003 May 14). As always, they purposely ignore the role of infection in the diseases they blame on obesity.

Finkelstein / Health Affairs 2003 (full article)

They pretend that if nobody was obese, then the vast medical expenditures that they pretend are due to obesity would all be saved, and health care costs would go down. But there would be no effect on those diseases that are really caused by infection, and additional expenses would occur during any extra years of life gained. These expenses are ignored, because the real goal of these corrupt bloodsuckers is not to improve peoples' health or to reduce costs, but to inflict upon us a vast network of parasitical leeches, to meddle and control every aspect of our lives - AT OUR OWN EXPENSE.

See how the US Congress ignores the crimes that these overprivileged lice commit against us.

That is because the US Congress is nothing but a rotten whorehouse of the Lasker Syndicate's handpicked, bought-and-paid-for stooges. They control the health establishment. They control the legal system. And they control the media, too.

Those who value truth, freedom, and justice ought to be making their political donations to al-Qaida, so they can come back and finish up the job.

The Ditchley Foundations

Sanders is a director of the American Ditchley Foundation, along with Joseph Califano, David A. Hamburg, and John Brademas, who is chairman and also a Governor of Ditchley. The late Cyrus Vance was also a director. Ditchley Park is where British Prime Minister Winston Churchill spent weekends during World War II, and also where he met with Harry Hopkins to settle the details of Lend Lease.

Ditchley Newsletter Spring 2000 / The Ditchley Foundations
Ditchley Newsletter Autumn 2002 / The Ditchley Foundations

Ditchley (or Dytchley) belongs to Ronald Tree: "Ronald Tree had been born in England of American parents and had married a niece of Lady Astor and lived in the United States in the 1920s. His mother was Ethel Field, daughter of Marshall Field I. He inherited wealth from Chicago real estate. Lambert Tree, his grandfather, was a judge and ambassador, was involved in Democratic politics, and once ran on the same ticket as [US Presidential candidate Adlai E.] Stevenson's grandfather. In the mid-twenties Tree went to England to live and became a member of Parliament. During the war he was in Churchill's junior cabinet and worked hard at bringing Americans and Englishmen together." (Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, by John Bartlow Martin. Doubleday & Co., 1976.) Ronald Tree's second wife, Marietta, was a correspondent of Mary Lasker. Marietta Tree was walking with Stevenson when he died in London in 1965. In 1977, she was a member of the American Cancer Society-funded National Commission on Smoking and Public Policy.

"This [American Ditchley Foundation] sponsors select, Bilderberg-like gatherings at Ditchley Park, a remote estate of over a thousand acres in the Oxfordshire countryside... The 250 year-old house is equipped with modern conference rooms, interpretation circuits and closed-circuit televisions. It is elegantly decorated with valuable antiques and priceless paintings... Presidential advisors, senators, bankers and businessmen from the United States gather frequently at Ditchley to meet with their British counterparts, but their comings and goings through nearby Kidlington Airport are rarely reported by the press. The palatial manor is regularly used for high level weekend conferences by officials from the Home Office, diplomats from the Foreign and Commonwealth office, and for private meetings of British, European and international political leaders... The Board of Governors at Ditchley includes former Bilderberg Chairman Lord Home, Bilderberg steering committee members Lord Roll [since at least 1974] and Henry Heinz II, and at least twelve other Bilderbergers..." (On Target Britain Oct-Nov 2002. The Australian League of Rights.)

On Target Britain Oct-Nov 2002 / Australian League of Rights

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

From Sanders's bio at CSIS: "Dr. Sanders is past chairman of the New York Academy of Sciences. He is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of Meredith College, chairman of Project HOPE, and chairman of the Commonwealth Fund. In addition, he serves on the boards of several publicly traded companies and is a member of the President's Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology." It also notes that he is a native of Dallas.

Sanders / Center for Strategic and International Studies

Council on Health Care Economics and Policy

Sanders is a member of the Advisory Group to the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy, along with former CDC Director William L. Roper. The Council is administered by the Schneider Institute for Health Policy, of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The chairman of the Council (and of the Schneider Institute since 1977), is Stuart Altman, who has been involved in efforts toward national health insurance since his days in HEW during the Nixon administration. Karen Davis, Joseph P. Newhouse, and Uwe E. Reinhardt are members of the Council.

Council on Health Care Economics and Policy / Brandeis University

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Sanders is a member of the board of The Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute.

Board / Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute

Fisher Scientific

Sanders was elected to the board of directors of Fisher Scientific in 2003. "Dr. Sanders has served as Chairman of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health since its founding in 1996."

Fisher Scientific 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Sanders is an "investor-advisor" of, most of whom have ties to Merrill Lynch & Co.

Investors and Advisors /

Texas Heart Institute Influenza Symposium

Sanders and Eve Slater led a panel discussion on "Industry and Government Perspectives in Influenza Control," at the First Symposium on Influenza and Cardiovascular Disease at the Texas Heart Institute, April 26, 2003. Maria Azambuja of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil presented "Spanish Flu and Cardiovascular Epidemic." However, those involved in tobacco control and food fascism will ignore it and continue to pretend that their efforts caused the decline in heart attack deaths.

Symposium on Influenza / Texas Medical Center

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