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R&D Management Conference: 3 - 6 July 2016

From Science to Society: Innovation and Value Creation

Studying at Cambridge

Keynote Speaker - Joe de Sousa

Joe de Sousa

Dr Joe de Sousa, UK/US Product Development Science & Technology Lead, AstraZeneca

Joe de Sousa has over 20 years experience in line, project and scientific leadership positions across Pharmaceutical R&D in AstraZeneca.

In his current role Joe manages an extensive portfolio of science and technology projects that ensure AstraZeneca’s R&D capability maintains its world class status for innovation and excellence in delivery of new medicines. The portfolio aims to improve delivery of AstraZeneca’s current drug project portfolio and ensure AstraZeneca has the capability to deliver its future drug project portfolio. Joe works directly with a range of funding bodies, universities and industrial partners. These externally focused activities are balanced with internally focused responsibilities that include ensuring AstraZeneca’s lead scientists innovate, collaborate and are aligned to key business priorities. Previous roles range across all phases of pharmaceutical R&D from pre-clinical through clinical development, regulatory approval and new product launch.

Joe completed a DPhil at University of Oxford in synthetic organic chemistry under the supervision of Professor Steve Davies after obtaining a BSc in Chemistry at University of York. When not working he devotes his energy and time to family life and the pursuit of arguably pointless endeavours: running long distances and slowly learning to play the piano.