Andrew S. Plump | Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Andrew S. Plump

Andrew S. Plump

Director - President, Research & Development

Andrew Plump, M.D., Ph.D., is the president of Research & Development (R&D) at Takeda and serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Plump joined Takeda to oversee the company’s global R&D organization in 2015. Early in his Takeda tenure he orchestrated a multi-year strategic and cultural transformation that resulted in a renewed focus on innovation, streamlined global footprint, prioritized therapeutic areas of focus, a rich network of partnerships and a modality-diverse portfolio of newly approved and promising late-stage development experimental therapies. He also championed efforts to establish an exciting and sustainable early development and research pipeline, founded on strong translational science. Over the last several years of Dr. Plump’s leadership, Takeda has embraced scientific advances and the emergence of data and digital technology to build a renewed, diverse and highly innovative pipeline of investigational medicines that are expected to provide meaningful benefits to patients.

Prior to Takeda, Dr. Plump served as senior vice president, Research & Translational Medicine, deputy to the president of R&D at Sanofi, based in Paris, France. Before Sanofi, he served as vice president, Worldwide Cardiovascular Research head at Merck, where he had direct responsibility for cardiovascular research, preclinical development and translational sciences.

Dr. Plump received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), his Ph.D. in cardiovascular genetics with Dr. Jan Breslow at Rockefeller University and his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at UCSF. Following his clinical training, Dr. Plump trained as a Howard Hughes and Stanley J. Sarnoff postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne at UCSF, concurrently assuming faculty responsibilities as an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Plump lives in Boston with his wife Suzanne and has three children.