Designation / Role: Scientist, Biotech Entrepreneur, Author and Philanthropist
Specialty: Coronavirus
Associated MLH Pages: ACCESS Health International See Less

William A. Haseltine, PhD is an internationally renowned scientist, biotech entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health for nearly two decades, where he founded and led two academic research divisions: Biochemical Pharmacology and Human Retrovirology. 

He is well known for his pioneering work on cancer, HIV/AIDS and genomics. 

Dr. Haseltine is also a pioneer in biotechnology, having founded more than a dozen biotech companies in fields ranging from development of cutting-edge pharmaceuticals to new materials and fuels. He founded Human Genome Sciences, Inc. and served as the Chairman and CEO of the company for twelve years. Eight pharmaceutical products from companies he founded are currently approved by U.S. and international regulatory agencies.

Dr. Haseltine was listed as one of the world’s 25 most influential businesspeople by Time Magazine in 2001 and as one of the 100 most influential leaders in biotechnology by Scientific American in 2015.
He has authored several books and more than 200 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. He is frequently interviewed by news organizations and called upon by world leaders to provide scientific and policy advice.

Currently Dr. Haseltine serves as Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, Inc., a global health organization active in India, China, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the United States ( 

He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the IE University, Madrid, a Lifetime Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences, a Trustee of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member the board of the Lee Berger Trust for Paleoanthropology, South Africa. He is a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the advisory council on Creativity and Innovation of the NYU-Shanghai University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Chairman of the US-China Health Summit.

Dr Haseltine’s recent books include:

Every Second Counts: Saving Lives with India’s Emergency Response System. Brookings Institution Press, Tethys Press India. 2018.
Aging Well: Solutions to the Most Pressing Global Health Challenges of Aging [paperback]. Greenleaf Book Group. 2020.
Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story. Brookings Institution Press, Ridge Books Singapore. 2013.
World Class: A Story of Adversity, Transformation, and Success at NYU Langone Health.  Fast Company Press.  2019.

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