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Dr Fil Randazzo

Deputy Director Global Health Discovery and Translational Science, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Fil Randazzo currently serves as Deputy Director of Global Heath Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he is charged with managing a broad array of programs. Mr. Randazzo has recently been leading the development of the Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP) Initiative which involves bilateral collaborative partnerships with vaccine pharma companies with the goal of accelerating Vaccine R&D and increasing probability of success while reducing costs for global health diseases.  His passions are transforming ideas and science and technology innovation into health impact as well as developing high performance teams and partnerships.
He was a founding member of the Global Health Discovery management team and was key in launching a number of major initiatives including the Grand Challenges in Global Health. In addition, the strategic oversight and creative stewardship of investments under his direct management has lead to an unprecedented number of high risk programs that have advanced from idea to development in areas as diverse as agricultural biotechnology, insect vector control and human gene therapy.  Furthermore, Fil Randazzo initiated and implemented a now critical Ethical, Social, Cultural (ESC) program that assesses and addresses potential ESC risk along the critical path for all of the Global Health division’s disease strategies. 
Prior to joining the foundation, he spent 10 years at Chiron Corporation where he served in roles of increasing responsibility from Scientist to Associate Director.  As an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, he trained at Stanford University and at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto. Mr. Randazzo earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1991, where he trained in genetics, molecular, cellular and developmental biology. In 1985, he received a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in molecular microbiology and anthropology.

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