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We’re a strong, focused team of colleagues around the world who are united by a shared vision, values, and mission — to bring better health and a brighter future to people worldwide. Our core values are to put the patients first and guide our actions through Takeda-ism — to act with Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance.

Read the stories of how our people shine.

  • Mandy

    Mandy R.

    Head of Translational Sciences, Oncology Drug Discovery

    “How can I make the biggest impact?” That was the question Mandy asked herself when she was seeking an opportunity for continued career growth at the intersection of clinical medicine and laboratory science... Mandy R.More

  • Bunnai

    Bunnai S., Ph.D.

    Associate Director, Drug Discovery Chemistry Laboratories

    After Bunnai Saito completed his post doctorial research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008, he had a choice: to start his scientific career in academia or in business. He chose the latter, and, more specifically, he chose Takeda. “Takeda is the most famous pharmaceutical company in Japan,” he shares. Bunnai S., Ph.D.More

  • Maria

    Maria H.

    Gastroenterology Business Unit Manager, Emerging Markets

    As the Gastroenterology Business Unit Manager in Mexico, Maria H's team is comprised of marketing and sales professionals.... What unites them all is their shared passion for patients.... "Everyone gives their best effort and we always remember, we work for the patient. Our work brings better lives and we are all aligned on this.” Maria H.More

  • Tomer

    Tomer B-Z.

    Pricing & Payers Solution Manager

    After working for several years at another large pharmaceutical company, Tomer made the decision to join Takeda in 2017. “I love that I’m learning something new every day,” Tomer shares. Being part of a company that encourages its employees to learn and grow makes him excited to come to work every day. Tomer B-Z.More

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca Y.

    Vice President, Market Access & External Affairs

    Rebecca considers herself to be a disruptor, an entrepreneur, an innovator, and a believer. And, she’s able to be all of those in her leadership role as Vice President, Market Access and External Affairs at Takeda Canada. “I know that I need to work in a place where I can grow and be challenged, and what motivates me the most is to make a difference." Rebecca Y.More

  • Kannan

    Kannan K.

    Director, Global Program Leader

    In 2009, Kannan joined Takeda’s oncology discovery department. Fast-forward three role changes and years later, today, Kannan works as a Global Program Leader in the clinical development part of the organization. From strategy to operations to delivery, he is responsible for asset development specifically within the Oncology... Kannan K.More

  • Kelly

    Kelly G.

    Director, Global Strategic Operations & Portfolio Management, Vaccine Business Unit

    Throughout his career, Kelly G. has truly experienced Takeda’s supportive and empowering culture.... In 2013, Kelly joined Takeda’s Vaccine Business Unit (VBU) in Japan.... “I am half Japanese and spent my summers as a child in Japan with my grandmother…..So, not only was the work exciting, but I had a very personal connection to Japan, too... Kelly G.More

  • Jen

    Jen C.

    Chief of Staff and Head of Gastroenterology (GI) Therapeutic Area Unit General Operations

    Jen describes herself as a “returning Takeda alum”. She was drawn back to the organization because of Takeda’s unrivaled patient focus. When asked what patient-centricity means to her, she says, “It’s about putting the patient at the center... Jen C.More

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie W.

    Packaging Development Engineer

    As a graduate from Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, Stephanie could have taken her career in many directions. Having graduated from one of only 10 schools in the United States to offer a degree in Packaging, she had opportunities to work for a household name or consumer brand companies, but Stephanie wanted to do something more.... Stephanie W.More

  • Kumar

    Kumar R., Ph.D.

    Head, APAC, ICMEA, China - Vaccine, Market Access and Preparedness

    January 29, 2019, is a day that will forever shine as a pivotal moment in Takeda’s more than 230-year history. It’s also Kumar’s proudest moment, thus far, while working at Takeda. On this day, Takeda announced the Phase 3 trial of its dengue vaccine candidate met the primary efficacy endpoint... Kumar R., Ph.D>More

  • Akiko

    Akiko K., M.D., Ph.D.

    Medical Director, Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit

    In her role as a Medical Director in Takeda’s Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit, Akiko’s work has a direct impact on patients worldwide. But it was one cancer patient close at home that inspired her.... When her grandmother passed away, Akiko knew that she wanted to commit her life to developing drugs to help cure cancer... Akiko K., M.D., Ph.D.More

  • Jackson

    Jackson S.

    Associate Director, Entyvio, Emerging Markets

    Jackson wasn’t looking for just any opportunity to do more. It had to be meaningful, patient-centric, and innovative.... Within one year of starting his career at Takeda, Jackson helped to successfully launch Entyvio (vedolizumab).... For patients living with these GI conditions, this was the first new hope and medicinal innovation they had experienced in nearly a decade... Jackson S.More

  • Claudia

    Claudia K.

    Interim Head of Global Commercial for Takeda’s Vaccine Business Unit

    Much like Takeda’s heritage of providing life-changing medicines, working in the healthcare field spans three generations of Claudia’s family. Currently, she serves as the Interim Head of Global Commercial for Takeda’s Vaccine Business Unit..." Claudia K.More

  • Oliver

    Oliver S.

    Senior Manager, Global Commercial Forecasting & Analytics

    As someone who is passionate about a diverse range of topics, Oliver brings a unique educational background and work experience to Takeda. Holding an MSc in economic geography and media studies, and previous employment in the finance and pharmaceutical industries, his experience comes together as Senior Manager, Global Commercial Forecasting and Analytics for Takeda’s Global Vaccine Business Unit..." Oliver S.More

  • Tammy

    Tammy J.

    AGILE Global Change Leader

    In 2010, a friend and former colleague recommended to Tammy that she consider a career opportunity with Takeda. From the minute she stepped inside Takeda’s doors for her interview, she was excited and could feel something was different. “It was tangible--the culture, the people, and the energy, ” Tammy says..." Tammy J.More