PMLS 2018

At the Gates Foundation, Desmond-Hellmann Brings the Power of Precision Medicine to Public Health

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As CEO of one of the world’s largest and most influential philanthropies, Susan Desmond- Hellmann, MD, MPH, directs an impressive portfolio: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
distributes some $4 billion annually in grants to researchers and organizations worldwide. Equally remarkable are her demeanor — described as both nice and tough — and background, which
melds diverse expertise in science and medicine, drug development, and university leadership common thread that connects Desmond-Hellmann’s wide-ranging pursuits is her expertise and passion for the principles of precision medicine, ideas she is now championing to improve global health.

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