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Careers in Business Development (BD): A Panel Discussion Featuring Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

In this panel discussion, representatives from Takeda Pharmaceuticals will discuss:

  • What working in Business Development (BD) in the pharma/ biotech industry is like
  • Pros and cons of BD positions
  • Advice on how to position yourself for a BD career
  • How and why our panelists landed a BD role at the Takeda Center for External Innovation

The panel members will also discuss upcoming internship opportunities at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, including some with an application deadline coming up in March 2022.


  • Jen Rice, Ph.D. is an Associate Director of Business Development in Takeda’s Center for External Innovation (CEI) where she drives external engagements and supporting transactions for the Gastroenterology therapeutic area unit. Prior to joining Takeda in the summer of 2020, Jen spent almost a decade in academic technology transfer helping faculty and students partner innovation arising from their academic research through establishing industry research collaborations, out licensing intellectual property, or newco formation. Jen has a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Boston University.
  • Dan Zheng, Ph.D. is a Senior Director of Oncology Business Development at Takeda's Center for External Innovation, where she’s responsible for leading transactions for preclinical and early clinical stage opportunities. Prior to Takeda, she was with Sanofi Partnering from 2014 to 2021, with transaction experience across different therapeutic areas and regions. Dan started her career as a management consultant at ZS Associates, where she focused on advising the top global pharmaceutical companies on a broad range of business issues. Dan holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and a BS in Biochemistry from Nanjing University.
  • Kentaro Hashimoto, Ph.D. is a Senior Director of Business Development in Takeda’s Center for External Innovation (CEI) where he leads BD activities for rare neurological and neuromuscular indications.  Prior to this role, Kentaro was a member of Entrepreneurship Venture Program (EVP) which designed and operationalized a new process in Takeda to encourage scientists to be a founder and enable them to create NewCos by utilizing Takeda assets and technologies.  Kentaro received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Keio University and Master of Management of Technology (MOT) from Tokyo University of Science.

A Zoom link will be shared with confirmed registrants. The Careers Beyond Academia Series is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Email Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Careers Beyond Academia