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Women in Health lecture 2019: Mahima Datla - Minimizing the gap in access to immunisation

Mahima Datla

Mahima Datla is Managing Director of Biological E Limited in Hyderbad, India, where she directly oversees strategic operations within the organisation and leads the work related to public policy. Biological E Limited, the first pharmaceuticals company in South India, supplies several essential and lifesaving vaccines and pharmaceuticals to global and domestic markets. She has been working with Biological E for the past 17 years and has served in various capacities across a diverse range of functions, including Biotechnology & Projects, Operations and Strategic Business Development. Under Ms Datla’s leadership, Biological E has demonstrated growth, given the successful World Health Organization pre-qualification and launch of the Pentavalent and JE vaccines.

In this lecture Mahima will discuss the journey of her career and company across three generations, including how the company started and the challenges faced. She will explore the current gaps that exist in immunization and the contributions of vaccine manufacturers in low and middle income countries.

Her lecture will be followed by a discussion with Professor Dame Anne Mills, Provost & Deputy Director.

Ms Datla has served on the steering committee of the Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers Network and is currently their President. She is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry National Biotech committees in India. Ms Datla is a board member of the Global Health Innovative Technology fund – a Japanese government innovation healthcare fund for improving global access to healthcare, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sadhikaratha Foundation. She is also a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Committee formed by the Government of Telangana, India. Ms Datla was previously on the Board of Gavi from 2011 to 2014.

Our prestigious annual Women in Health lecture highlights the work of leading women in health, research and policy worldwide. The lecture is held in March to coincide with International Women’s Day, and is given by women who have made a significant contribution to global health research and policy during their careers.

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