Dr. Distlerath is a health care industry executive who brings over three decades of experience in the global biopharmaceutical sector, with deep expertise in public policy, public affairs, and strategic alliances, especially in China, India, and other emerging markets. She currently leads Global External Communications for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company headquartered in Japan, and recently served as the Deputy Vice President of Advocacy and Strategic Alliances for the Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Previously, Dr. Distlerath was Senior Vice President and head of the global health practice at APCO Worldwide, Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs and Global Health Policy at Merck & Co., Inc., and President of the Merck Company Foundation.
Dr. Distlerath is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., a Senior Advisor at the National Bureau of Asian Research, a board member of the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, on the advisory board for the Aging Life Care Association, and a mentor in the life sciences at the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton, SC. She holds a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Environmental Health/Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School.