Dr. Martin Mackay is Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research and Development at Alexion Pharmaceuticals. In his role, Dr. Mackay focuses on building and improving Alexion's global research and development organization, with a goal of accelerating the simultaneous development of multiple drug candidates in debilitating and life-threatening ultra-rare disorders across a range of therapeutic areas.
Dr. Mackay has more than 30 years of experience in drug discovery and development on a global scale. Prior to joining Alexion in 2013, Dr. Mackay served as President, Research and Development at AstraZeneca, where he led all R&D functions worldwide, including discovery research, clinical development, regulatory affairs and key related R&D functions. Before joining AstraZeneca, Dr. Mackay held positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer, rising to the position of President, Head of Pfizer Pharmatherapeutics, R&D, where he oversaw all aspects of discovery and development across nine therapeutic areas. Earlier in his career, Dr. Mackay worked in the CIBA organization (now Novartis) and held positions within academia.
Dr. Mackay conducted his post-doctoral research fellowship in malaria vaccines. He earned a Microbiology First Class Honors Degree from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Mackay co-chairs the US-India BioPharma & Healthcare Summit Advisory Board.