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Speaker detail

  • Sydney Edwards, Ph.D.
  • Senior Director R&D Strategic Planning and Management
  • Kite Pharma

Sydney Edwards is the Senior Director of Strategic Planning at Kite Pharma/ a Gilead company. As a member of R&D Leadership Team, Sydney is responsible for translating and operationalizing R&D strategy to ensure that Kite R&D continues to evolve and execute against the corporate objectives for the development of leading cancer therapies.

Sydney has a wealth of executive experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology R&D strategic planning, program and portfolio management and project team leadership, with a proven ability to build and maintain strong teams.

Prior to Kite, he was the Head of Portfolio Management and Strategic Planning at Allergan, where among many other things he oversaw project strategic planning, portfolio governance, departmental & therapeutic area strategies, boosting accountability, business development support and meeting the goals and priorities of the company. He also worked at Amgen in Corporate Finance and Strategic Planning.

Sydney holds a BA in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, and MBA in Strategy and Finance from MIT-Sloan School of Management.