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Hitesh Sanganee

Hitesh Sanganee, 2016 Executive MBA participant
A personal development highlight of mine has been mentoring companies on the Accelerate programme at Cambridge Judge Business School. This has broadened my thinking beyond research in the pharmaceutical industry.
Hitesh Sanganee

Working for AstraZeneca

I am currently a Director in the Emerging Innovations group at AstraZeneca, for which my role is to develop and execute strategy within the innovative medicines team. This involves collaborative work with academic institutions to identify original uses for our medicines and subsequently build up a portfolio of projects.

I was previously involved within the science team at AstraZeneca, working as a Chemistry Cluster Lead that inputted into external and internal drug repositioning and in-licensing projects. I received my chemistry degree and DPhil from the University of Oxford and subsequently held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Florida State. I joined AstraZeneca as a Medicinal Chemist for my first "proper job", conducting research within respiratory and inflammation-related disease areas, and have led teams to successful milestones across all phases of drug discovery. 

Personal and professional development

I have built my career upon a desire to make an impact in the world, using my passion for new experiences and knowledge. A recent assessment from the Clifton StrengthsFinder indicated that I was an 'ideator', 'strategic thinker', 'achiever', 'includer', and 'learner', terms that reflect the areas that I would like to pursue further on the Cambridge Executive MBA.

A personal development highlight of mine has been mentoring companies on the Accelerate programme at Cambridge Judge Business School. This has broadened my thinking beyond research in the pharmaceutical industry and given me a thirst for knowledge beyond science. With this in mind, I would like to understand the broader business context surrounding my field and feel that the Cambridge Executive MBA will help me achieve this at a higher level and allow me to make a greater impact.

Programme

Cambridge Executive MBA 2016

Current position

Director of Emerging Innovations, AstraZeneca

Education

DPhil University of Oxford; BA Hons University of Oxford