Penny Heaton, MD
BILL & MELINDA GATES MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE, MA
From Molecule to Patient: A Global Health Perspective
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
ASCPT welcomes Penny Heaton, MD as a State of the Art speaker. She has been a tireless advocate for combating inequities in health for over twenty years, with a passion for finding new and effective interventions against diseases affecting the world’s poorest people. Dr. Heaton’s career journey as a pediatric infectious disease physician spans from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the pharmaceutical industry before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013 to lead the vaccine development team. Dr. Heaton recognized the need to disrupt global health by applying cutting-edge science and technology to combat age-old diseases in the world’s poorest populations. Now, she is charged with leading the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI)—a nonprofit biotech organization focused on thinking big, exploring novel ideas, collaborating across disciplines, and being fearless in its approach to scientific inquiry in ways that aren’t always possible in the private sector or in academic research labs. The institute’s focus is translational medicine, with the ambitious goals of eradicating malaria, accelerating the end of the tuberculosis epidemic, and ending diarrheal deaths in children.