Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca

Mene is responsible for BioPharmaceuticals R&D from discovery through to late-stage development across CVRM, Respiratory & Immunology, Vaccines & Immune Therapies and Neuroscience. Since joining AstraZeneca in 2010, Mene has led the transformation of R&D leading to a greater than five-fold improvement in productivity.

Mene holds Honorary Doctorates from Glasgow University and Imperial College, London, is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society of Biology and Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and is a Visiting Professor at The Wolfson Centre at Kings College. He co-chairs the UK Life Sciences Council Expert Group on Innovation, Clinical Research and Data and is a member of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Implementation Board. He is also on the Boards of The Francis Crick Institute, The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Dizal Pharma, and is a member of the Life Sciences Vision Advisory Group. In 2019, Mene was awarded a knighthood from The Queen and the Prix Galien Medal, Greece. He has overseen the creation of AstraZeneca’s new Global R&D Centre in Cambridge and the companies COVID-19 efforts.