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Chandra Ramanathan, PhD, MBA

Senior Director, Innovation Strategy & Global Lead, External Innovation

Bayer AG

Chandra Ramanathan is a Senior Director of Innovation Strategy at Bayer-AG. In his current role, Chandra is the Global Program Head for External Innovation – Life Sciences with focus on new sourcing models (open innovation), venture capital strategy and engagement strategies at global innovation hotspots. In addition, Chandra is responsible to further drive development and integration of External Innovation activities throughout Bayer (HealthCare and Crop Science) to advance its Innovation capabilities. Earlier to this role, Chandra was the Head of Pipeline Marketing and Global Launch Team leader of Copanlisib. He was the co-chair of the Value Strategy Team to ensure customer insights (physicians, payer and patients) are incorporated as part of development strategies. He also developed the commercial foundation for companion diagnostics development. Before joining Bayer he has worked in different roles at Wyeth (Pfizer) and Bristol- Myers Squibb such as Global Brand Team Leader, Licensing/Business Development, Neuroscience Strategy, Drug discovery and Applied Genomics. Chandra has worked across the pharmaceutical product development and commercialization spectrum for more than 19 years. He has broad commercial and research backgrounds with an M.B.A from the Columbia Business School, Ph.D. in Genomics/Bioinformatics, M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry and B.S. in Pharmacy.

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