National Director, Innovation Partnerships and External Affairs – Takeda Canada
As National Director, Innovation Partnerships and External Affairs for Takeda Canada, Norm and his team are responsible for identifying and fostering partnership opportunities between Takeda’s global R&D team (and their various technology incubators), and local health researchers, institutions and innovators. His goal is to not only improve Canadian access to innovative medicines and products but to ensure that more of those products are developed, trialed and launched first right here in Canada.
Previously, Norm worked with the digital health and medical devices arm of the German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA, to bring innovative medical devices and digital health platforms to Canada, including devices designed to improve adherence to medications and enable innovative payment models with payers.
Norm has extensive experience in biopharmaceuticals, digital health and medical devices. He sits on the board of Conceivable Dreams, a patient association, and is a member of the Japanese-Canadian Association of Industry and Commerce and the Japan Society, which promote trade and investment between Canada and Japan.