James Sailer is vice president and executive director of the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR), which conducts research and develops new methods of contraception, HIV prevention, and STI prevention. Sailer leads and provides strategic direction to the Council’s basic, translational, and clinical research portfolio, operations, and staff.
Sailer also leads the Council’s Intellectual Asset Management group, which collaborates with pharmaceutical companies to arrange for manufacturing and distribution of Council-developed contraceptives and other products to the global market. In keeping with the Council’s mission, these partnerships include provisions to ensure that products are offered to people in less-developed countries at public-sector prices. Over 170 million women around the world use a contraceptive product developed by the Population Council.
Sailer leads the Council’s project to file a New Drug Application (NDA) for a novel one-year contraceptive ring, which, if approved, would be the first long-acting form of contraception entirely under a woman’s control to use. He is the Council’s lead representative to the Food and Drug Administration, and directs a dedicated team of staff members and consultants in preparing the data, reports and summaries necessary for the NDA. In this capacity, he serves as principal investigator on a multi-million dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Previously, Sailer served as the Council’s vice president for Corporate Affairs, overseeing corporate operations, including branding and communications, information services, publishing, human resources, and administration.
Sailer is the chairman of the board of InsideNGO, a membership organization of over 340 international NGOs, where he sits on the executive, governance, and sustainability committees. He is a member of the board and executive committee of the International Contraceptive Access (ICA) Foundation and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.
Before joining the Council in 2004, Sailer was director of performance management for the New York City Department of Education, where he developed an accountability system and sophisticated new methods of analyzing school performance. Earlier in his career, he was chief operating officer at Privista, an Internet-based company protecting consumers against identity theft, a senior manager at Accenture, and managing director at West End New Media, a full-service media production company. He also is the author of over 20 case studies and teaching notes from his time as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.
Sailer holds a BA in political science from Swarthmore College and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.