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Daniel J. Curran, MD
Head of the Rare Diseases Therapeutic Area Unit (Designate)
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Daniel Curran, MD, is the designate Head of the Rare Diseases Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. and a member of the R&D Management Committee (RMC). In this role, he assumes responsibility for the development and execution of a rare diseases therapeutic area strategy that will deliver a modality-diverse pipeline focused on innovation and unmet patient need. He is working closely with the TAU Head, Dr. Howard Mayer, to assure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Dr. Curran is also continuing to serve as the interim leader of the Takeda-CiRA collaboration, a joint research program with Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research Application.

Previously, Dr. Curran served as Head of Takeda’s Center for External Innovation (CEI). In this role, he and his team have diversified Takeda’s pipeline, completed approximately 150 transactions and invested $1.5 billion in capital in external relationships and investments over a period of three years.

Prior to his role as Head, CEI, Dr. Curran led the corporate development group at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and was a member of the executive management team. In that role, he oversaw the development and execution of corporate strategic business development initiatives, including licensing arrangements, acquisitions and a range of other transactions.

He has 20 years of pharmaceutical experience in business development, project leadership and development roles.

Prior to Millennium, previous professional experiences include a business development role in the Product Planning and Acquisition group at DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Curran received an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in chemistry from King’s College.

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