Based on the needs of WIPO Research members, Takeda and BVGH
are currently working together to evaluate and determine potential assets and future contributions from Takeda to the consortium.
We are very pleased to name Don Joseph to this position and are confident that BVGH will continue to benefit from his leadership, in light of his deep ties with the biotech community and experience in global health," says Carl Feldbaum, Chair of the Board at BVGH.
This is an exciting and pivotal time for BVGH and I look forward to working closely with the Board and our many partners as we continue to address the need for more innovation in global health for those who need it most.
Adding Steve Burrill and Jim Geraghty to our Board of Directors brings additional industrial and investor expertise to BVGH
," says Melinda Moree, Chief Executive Officer of BVGH
BVGH will be better able to connect with biotech companies and investors, regardless of their location, as we seek to expand companies' involvement in addressing neglected diseases of the developing world.
Before joining BVGH, she served as a biotherapeutics R&D consultant as well as Chief Scientific Officer of CFD Therapeutics, a preclinical cancer therapeutic antibody company.
Additional information on BVGH
is available at http://www.
is a nonprofit venture founded last year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, with support from the Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
has received a $1 million start-up grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In this role, BVGH
will organize disease-specific meetings that identify the gaps in expertise and intellectual property that currently exist in product development for neglected diseases, and will help global health researchers work with industry to fill these gaps to create medicines for neglected diseases faster and more efficiently.
In this capacity, he helped BVGH
with its business development activities and the design of incentives to make participation in neglected diseases feasible for companies.
We are delighted that BVGH
has agreed to serve as administrator of this critical initiative.