Biogen Appoints Sanjay Jariwala as SVP, Worldwide Medical
Dr. Jariwala will be responsible for leading and driving Biogen’s Worldwide Medical strategy working closely with the company’s Global Therapeutic Operations and Research and Development leadership teams. He will be based in Cambridge, Mass., and report directly to Chief Medical Officer Alfred Sandrock, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Jariwala joins Biogen from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, where he held the roles of Vice President, Head of Strategy and Vice President of Infection, Neuroscience, Autoimmunity and Anti-thrombotics, Global Medical Affairs. During his time at AstraZeneca, he led the transformation of the Worldwide Medical Affairs Council, developed a strategic medical planning process to align commercial operations and R&D priorities, and created and established a new medical operating model for both medical strategy and execution at the global, regional, and local levels.
“Sanjay’s depth of experience and track record of strategic integration of global therapeutic operations, clinical development, commercial, and state of the art medical leadership across large organizations is impressive,” said Dr. Sandrock. “He will be an important addition to the Biogen team as we continue to execute on our mission to transform the lives of patients with complex neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.”
Prior to AstraZeneca, Dr. Jariwala was Senior Vice President, Global Head of Business Development and a member of the Executive Committee at Vifor Pharma in Zurich, and prior to that at Aspreva Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver. His industry experience also includes several senior Medical Affairs and Clinical Development leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline in the cardiovascular, metabolic, and urology therapy areas. Before moving to industry, he was a practicing physician for the National Health Service in the U.K.
“I am delighted to join Biogen to lead its Medical group at this important time,” said Dr. Jariwala. “I believe that Biogen has the leadership, the credibility, and the courage required to create a state-of-the-art worldwide medical function that will lead from the front.”
Dr. Jariwala holds a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, England. He received his medical degree and completed his medical training at the University of Cambridge, while based at Addenbrookes Hospital.
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