Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice-President of AstraZeneca and Head of MedImmune, is responsible for biologics research, development and clinical activities.
As part of AstraZeneca’s Senior Executive Team, Bahija is accountable for advancing the biologic organisation’s pipeline of drugs targeting cancer, infections, respiratory and inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal disorders and pain.
Bahija joined MedImmune as Vice-President, Translational Sciences in 2006. She has guided the MedImmune R&D organisation through unprecedented expansion of its pipeline from 40 drugs to more than 120. Biologics now makes up 50% of AstraZeneca’s pipeline. Bahija has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and holds more than 15 patents. She is a member and President-Elect of the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Association of Science, the Pharmacogenomics Working Group and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Women in Science. Bahija also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Bahija received a master’s degree in biology from the Universite de Paris VII in France, and her doctorate in physiology from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.
2015 East-West CEO Conference. R&D Trends: What’s Changed in the Pharma Pipeline?
2015 Biotech Showcase, San Francisco: Investing in the Immuno-Oncology Revolution
2014 BIO International Conference, San Diego: A New Paradigm in Oncology Treatment
MiR-125a targets effector programs to stabilize Treg-mediated immune homeostasis
Pan W, Zhu S2 Dai D, Liu Z, Li D, Li B, Gagliani N, Zheng Y, Tang Y, Weirauch MT, Chen X, Zhu W, Wang Y, Chen B, Qian Y, Chen Y, Fang J, Herbst R, Richman L, Jallal B, Harley JB, Flavell RA, Yao Y, Shen N. Nat Commun. 2015 May 12;6:7096
Type I IFN as a target
Type I IFN as a target in diseases of systemic lupus erythematosus, myositis, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis using transcript profiling of peripheral blood. Brandon Higgs, Zheng Liu, Wendy White, Laura Richman, Bahija Jallal, and Yihong Yao. European Musculoskeletal Review. 2012, Vol. 7, Issue 1.
Targeting the insulin-like growth factor axis
Targeting the insulin-like growth factor axis for the development of novel therapeutics in oncology. Gao J, Chang YS, Jallal B, Viner J. Cancer Res. 2012 72(1):3-12. Review.
Awards and honors
Elected to the Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins University
Recipient, Maryland’s International Business Leadership Award
Life Without Lupus Scientific Honoree
Science is my passion and the patient is my purpose. I am truly humbled to be working in such a noble profession. This is not a job, but a mission. Every day I have the opportunity to come to work to try to make a real difference in the quality of life for people with unmet medical needs.
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