Dr Simon McErlane is a medically qualified pharmaceutical executive with 17 years of broad management experience across General Management, Medical Affairs, Medical Information, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Research in Europe, Asia and Australia.
As VP & Asian Site Head of Development for Takeda, Dr McErlane was responsible for all development activities in Asia Pacific Region. He led a team of over 50 staff, representing 9 different functions and 10 different nationalities. He also contributed to Takeda’s global policies on questions of biomedical ethics, including patient-centricity, and was responsible for creating the Clinical Science function in Asia.
Prior to this he was Medical Director of Takeda UK, responsible for medical affairs and pharmacovigilance as well as leading a medical team of both office and field based staff. His first role at Takeda was as the European Medical Affairs Manager for their Cardiovascular portfolio. He started his pharmaceutical medicine career with medical affairs and clinical development roles at Schwarz Pharma UK, Allergan Europe and Pfizer Australia.
Currently with Alexion Pharmaceuticals as the Regional Medical Director, Asia & Australia, Dr McErlane leads a team of over 15 staff across 6 countries. He is heavily involved in keeping decisions, both within Alexion and in government negotiations throughout Asia & Australia, focused on patient outcomes.
Before joining industry Dr McErlane trained in Emergency Medicine at Liverpool Hospital Sydney. He received his MB. BS. BSc. from UNSW, his Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine from University of Wales in Cardiff and has attended both INSEAD Singapore and the MGSM Sydney for general management and business education.