Fireside Chat with Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)



With a medical, scientific and philanthropic career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has devoted her life to improving the human condition.

Dr. Desmond-Hellmann currently serves on the board of directors for Pzifer and served as Chief Executive Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2014 until 2020, where she oversaw the creation of the Gates Medical Research Institute—the world’s first nonprofit biotech organization—as well as the launch of the Economic Mobility and Opportunity investment strategy in the U.S. She remains a Senior Advisor and Board member of the Gates Medical Research Institute. Prior to joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she was the first female and ninth overall Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2009 until 2014, where she still serves as an adjunct professor. From 1995 through 2009, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was employed at Genentech where she served as President of Product Development, from 2005-2009 overseeing pre-clinical and clinical development, business development and product portfolio management. Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was Associate Director, Clinical Cancer Research at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute.

She served as a Director of Facebook Inc. from 2013 to 2019 and Procter & Gamble from 2010 to 2017.

Dr. Desmond-Hellmann received a B.S. in Pre-Med and an M.D. from the University of Nevada and a M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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