Dr. Rajeev Venkayya serves as President of the Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda. Since 2012, Dr. Venkayya has worked to establish Takeda as a leader in vaccine development with promising late-stage candidates for dengue and norovirus, gained through the acquisitions of LigoCyte and Inviragen Inc.
Prior to Takeda, Dr. Venkayya served as Director of Vaccine Delivery in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and, before that, was previously the Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense at the White House.
Dr. Venkayya has worked in the non-profit, public and now private space and we are excited to learn from his trajectory and his commitment to helping those less fortunate regardless of his position.
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.