Dr. Bahija Jallal is Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca and head of MedImmune, a global biologics research and development organization with locations in Gaithersburg, California and Cambridge, UK. She is a member of the senior executive team at AstraZeneca reporting to the CEO. Dr. Jallal joined MedImmune in March 2006.
Dr. Jallal has guided the MedImmune R&D organization through unprecedented growth and expansion of its biologics pipeline from 40 drugs to more than 120 today. She inspires creativity, out-of-the-box thinking and a dedication to scientific excellence to the more than 2,500 employees at MedImmune.
Dr. Jallal is passionate about leading and shaping MedImmune’s rich pipeline of drugs targeting cancer, infections, respiratory and inflammatory diseases, cardio-vascular and metabolic diseases and pain to ultimately develop new medicines for patients.
In 2011, on behalf of MedImmune, Dr. Jallal participated in Maryland’s Governor O’Malley’s Trade Mission to India where she represented the life sciences. Dr. Jallal is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Health Sciences Research Park Corporation, a non-profit organization that manages biomedical research development at the BioPark.
Dr. Jallal has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has over 15 patents. She is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Association of Science and the Pharmacogenomics Working Group. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Women in Science and an advisory member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. She was named one of FierceBiotech’s 2011 Women in Biotech and in 2012, she received Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award.
Prior to joining MedImmune, Dr. Jallal worked with Chiron Corporation where she served as vice president, drug assessment and development, and successfully established the company’s translational medicine group. Prior to Chiron Corporation, she worked at Sugen, Inc. where she held positions of increasing responsibility leading to senior director, research.
Dr. Jallal 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.