Henry Blissenbach

Henry BlissenbachHenry Blissenbach
Pharmacist Leader in Corporate Pharmacy
Oct. 11, 2011
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Held on Duluth campus with simulcast to the Twin Cities campus
Rooms 160 & 165 Life Sciences Building, Duluth
Please RSVP to pamela@umn.edu

Henry Blissenbach graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy where he received both his B.S. and his PharmD degrees. He practiced clinical pharmacy for nearly 15 years at United and Children’s Hospitals of St. Paul where he initiated a decentralized pharmacy system and was a pioneer in developing the pharmacist’s role as a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. There he also precepted an ASHP Clinical Residency Program.

In 1986, Blissenbach joined United HealthCare, Inc. (now United HealthGroup, Inc.) and was a part of the beginning of the Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) movement. He served as president of United Healthcare’s PBM, Diversified Pharmaceutical Services (DPS), until it was sold in 1994. While at DPS, he became one of the founding fathers of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists (AMCP). He also served on numerous pharmaceutical company advisory boards and has published several papers; he was also a contributing author to The Managed Care Healthcare Handbook. In 1997, he joined Chronimed, Inc., where he served as the president, CEO and chairman. After leaving the corporate arena in 2006, Blissenbach started his own company, Osprey Enterprises, Inc. He currently runs three businesses out of Osprey Enterprises: an entrepreneurial and investment business; a consulting company called Profit Upward Consulting; and Exit2Success, specializing in Exit Strategy Planning.

Blissenbach is a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has been an active contributor and advisor to the College of Pharmacy and has been the recipient of several pharmacy profession awards, including the Samuel W. Melendy Lecturer Award and the Hallie Bruce Memorial Lecture Award for Outstanding Contribution to Hospital Pharmacy. He recently received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award which recognizes service as a volunteer to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and faculty.

A longtime advocate and supporter of individuals with disabilities, Blissenbach has served as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Opportunity Partners, a non-profit organization that serves the life skills training and placement needs of persons with developmental disabilities.