Dr Pauline Williams
MRC Council member
Dr Pauline Williams is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Health R&D in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She is currently interim Head of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area Unit. A physician by training, Dr Williams joined Glaxo in 1992 in the clinical pharmacology department. She has worked in several therapeutic areas, with a primary focus on translational and experimental medicine. More recently she has led projects from preclinical stages through to Phase III trials and registration. In 2012 Dr Williams created the GSK Maternal and Neonatal Health R&D Unit overseeing an innovative partnership with Save the Children to develop medicines specifically designed for use in low resource settings. Dr Williams also founded the GSK Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Open Lab, an open-innovation initiative designed to stimulate and support research by African academic researchers to understand and address the rising burden of NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Williams is a member of the GSK-MRC EMINENT Steering Committee. Dr Williams also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Cambridge University/Addenbrooke's Hospital NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. She is a keen advocate for women in science and has participated in a number of events to promote awareness of careers in science and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr Williams was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in 2004.