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Tadataka YAMADA

Venture Partner, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Dr. Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada is a Venture Partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners.  He was previously Executive Vice-President, Chief Medical & Scientific Officer and a Board Member of Takeda Pharmaceuticals.  He joined Takeda after serving as President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program where he managed $9 billion in programs directed at addressing major health challenges of the developing world.  Previously, he had served as Chairman, Research and Development and a Member of the Board of GlaxoSmithKline and before that as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Yamada holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and obtained his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine.  In recognition of his contributions to medicine and science he has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine (US), the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and the National Academy of Medicine (Mexico) and he has received an honorary appointment as Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).  He is a Past-President of the Association of American Physicians and of the American Gastroenterological Association and he has served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  He is currently Vice-Chair of the Council of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative.