Dr Virginia Acha is the Executive Director Research, Medical and Innovation and has responsibility for driving the agenda for innovation in the UK.
Dr Acha previously worked for Amgen as Director, Global Regulatory and R&D Policy – Europe, Middle East and Africa. She holds the chair for the Pharmacovigilance working group in the IFPMA Bio therapeutics Committee, and until recently was the Vice-Chair for the European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (EBE) Biosimilars Task Force and the lead for the EFPIA Regulatory Network supporting Turkey.
Previously, she spent nearly five years at Pfizer working on policy development and engagement in a number of domains, including science, innovation and access and choice in healthcare.
Dr Acha entered the pharmaceutical industry after a decade in academia where she held posts on innovation strategy at Imperial College London Business School, the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at London Business School. She is also a Visiting Researcher in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Department at Imperial College Business School London.