BHCHP's Emerging Leaders Speaker Series: Takeda's Rajeev Venkayya, MD

Thank you to Dr. Venkayya and all those who attended his talk.

Please join BHCHP's Emerging Leaders Board and other young professionals throughout Greater Boston for an engaging conversation with Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company about his career trajectory and his commitment to helping those less fortunate regardless of his position or sector.

Speaker Series presented by the Emerging Leaders Board
September 10th | 6:00PM | WeWork

745 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02111

Beer, wine & pizza will be served.

Event Schedule:
6:00 - 6:30 Networking
6:30 - 7:30 Speaking program
7:30 - 7:45 Q & A

Rajeev Venkayya is President of Takeda’s Global Vaccine Business Unit, a vertically-integrated business with a pipeline that includes vaccine candidates for norovirus and dengue. He also oversees Takeda’s contract with the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop a Zika vaccine, and grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an affordable inactivated polio vaccine for developing countries. He is an independent member of the board of CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to Takeda, Dr. Venkayya served as Director of Vaccine Delivery in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was responsible for the Foundation’s efforts in polio eradication and new vaccine introduction. Dr. Venkayya was previously the Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense at the White House, where he oversaw U. S. preparedness for bioterrorism and biological threats and was responsible for the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to learn from one of Boston's leaders. Space is limited, so register today!


As alcohol will be served, the event is 21+.

The Speaker Series is an initiative of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Emerging Leaders Board. The Speaker Series brings together civic-minded young professionals in the Greater Boston Area through open-dialogue and conversation with leaders in the healthcare, government and business sectors. Although the topics will vary, speakers will highlight how these areas intersect with philanthropy to shape the City of Boston.

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