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Christine K Ward, PhD
Vice President, Head of Oncology and Cell Therapy Precision & Translational Medicine
Takeda

Christine Ward (Chris) is a purpose-driven pharmaceutical Research & Development leader with 20+ years of experience developing small molecule, biologic, and cell therapy therapeutics in roles spanning Drug Discovery, Precision & Translational Medicine, and Global Medical Affairs in multiple therapeutic areas (Oncology, Respiratory, Autoimmunity, Inflammation, and Infectious Diseases) – 9 years at Johnson & Johnson, 5 years at MedImmune/AstraZeneca, 5 years at Bristol Myers Squibb, and almost 2 years at Takeda.  Chris has spent the last 15+ years honing her passion and skills in Precision and Translational Medicine to enhance drug development decisions through driving a better understanding about how drugs work, in identifying patient sub-groups where drugs work best, and in developing and launching companion diagnostics.

Chris has contributed to the development, approval, and/or post-marketing medical support of 8 marketed drugs (Opdivo®, Yervoy®, Sprycel®, Empliciti® and Orencia® at Bristol Myers Squibb;  FASENRA® and TEZSPIRE® at AstraZeneca; and Exkivity® at Takeda), and 20+ programs in various stages of discovery and development.  Chris is currently Vice President and Head of Oncology and Cell Therapy Precision & Translational Medicine at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts since June 2020 where she is currently building an end-to-end Precision & Translational Medicine function in the Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit.

Chris received her PhD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from Virginia Tech and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas TX.

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