Watch The Gates Foundation’s New CEO In Action

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation, which has made huge progress in improving public health in the developing world — in part through amazing steps to get vaccines to kids who need them and to develop new immunizations against diseases like meningitis — and improving education.

Hellmann gained a reputation as one of the top executives in drug development, probably ever, for a remarkable streak of work as the head of development (that means clinical trials, the process of testing drugs) at Genentech when it was one of the most-respected companies in the world. She went to UCSF when the company was bought by Roche. (Her old boss, former Genentech CEO Art Levinson, is now at Google GOOG +0.05%, running its anti-aging biotech startup Calico.)

Source: Forbes (link opens in a new window)

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