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11:29, Wed 26 Sep 2012
Dr. Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada is MD, Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President & Board Member - Takeda Pharmaceuticals . He has responsibility for all of Takedas research and development activities and chairs the Corporate Management Operating Committee which oversees all investments in research and development, business development and in-licensing. He was formerly President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program. In this capacity he oversaw grants totaling over $9 billion in programs directed at applying technologies to address major health challenges of the developing world including TB, HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases, malnutrition and maternal and child health. Before joining the Gates Foundation Dr. Yamada was Chairman, Research and Development and a Member of the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline. He was awarded his Honorary DSc from the University of Warwick in 2008.