The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has named Dr. Richard D. Klausner as executive director of the foundation's global health program. Dr. Klausner is the former director of the National Cancer Institute, where he led the nation's cancer program.
As director of NCI, Klausner led one of the world's largest research and health agencies, creating programs aimed at applying science and technology to improve global public health problems and, with Dr. Anthony Fauci, overseeing the creation and development of the Vaccine Research Center.
Most recently, Klausner served as senior fellow and special adviser to the presidents of the National Academies for Counter Terrorism and served as chief of the cell biology and metabolism branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. A past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Klausner is the author of more than 280 scientific articles and several books and has received numerous awards and honors.
"I am honored to join the foundation and look forward to working with a team of staff experts and grantees as well as partners in the public and private sectors around the world," said Klausner in a press release. "The commitment of Bill and Melinda Gates to reduce global health inequities is one I share wholeheartedly. The direction and sense of urgency in global health is clear."
The goal of the foundation's global health program is to increase global health equity by accelerating the development, deployment, and sustainability of tools and technologies that will save lives and dramatically reduce the burden of disease in the developing world.