Dr. Norman is a senior program officer in Quantitative Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She currently co-leads the Knowledge Integration (Ki) initiative on the Integrated Development team in Global Health. Thea comes to the foundation with more than 18 years of experience in science and business leadership in startup biotechnology, most recently in “big data” open science working at the leading edge of digital and mobile health. While in biotech, Thea co-invented two molecules that subsequently received FDA approval - one for people (Linaclotide: first in class for IBS) and one for dairy cows (Pegbovigrastim: first in class for mastitis). On the business development side, Thea helped sign collaborations and led the resulting scientific alliances with: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Merck Inc, Merck-Serono, Pfizer Inc., Google, and IBM. Thea holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry (UC Berkeley) and her doctoral work was followed by two post-docs focused on combinatorial chemistry (UC Berkeley) and then molecular biology and yeast genetics (UCSF).
July 25, 2018 / Thea Norman
Thea Norman, co-lead of the Gates Foundation’s Ki initiative, describes the data challenge the foundation is launching with India’s Biotechnology Council (BIRAC) as part of the Grand Challenges India program.
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