P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Rajesh Gupta, 2005

Vice President of the Global Health Portfolio, VIR Biotechnology

Rajesh Gupta is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

Rajesh Gupta, MD, MS, MPH, is Vice-President of the Global Health Portfolio at VIR Biotechnology and is also a member of VIR's COVID-19 product development team. At VIR, he is responsible for advancing a subset of the Company’s therapeutic and vaccine efforts aimed at addressing infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. He also leads VIR’s overall public-private partnership efforts. A physician-epidemiologist by training, Dr. Gupta has spent nearly 20 years in global health working at the intersection of product development, program implementation and health policy. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, his experience spanned roles at the World Health Organization, Google.org, Partners in Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his ongoing tenure within the pharmaceutical industry, he has helped lead the successful development of therapeutics targeting global infectious diseases and ensure such innovations reach patients around the world. Rajesh has held faculty positions at Stanford Medical School and Harvard Medical School, and has authored over 50 publications.

Rajesh was born in New York City to parents who emigrated from India. They are now naturalized citizens and live in Acworth, Georgia.

Rajesh received his MD and MS from Stanford University, his MPH from Yale University, and his BS and BA from Tulane University.

Rajesh resides in Berkeley, CA, with his partner - a human rights lawyer - and their daughter.

  • MS Health Services Research | Stanford University 2010
  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2010
  • MPH Public Health | Yale University 1999
  • BA Psychology | Tulane University 1997
  • BS Cellular Biology | Tulane University 1997
Work History
  • VIR Biotechnology, Vice President of the Global Health Portfolio | January 2018 - PRESENT
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies, Senior Director | January 2012 - January 2018
  • GOOGLE.org, Contractor | January 2008 - December 2008
  • World Health Organization, Policy Adviser - Global Infectious Diseases | June 1999 - June 2004
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Research Fellow/Visiting Scientist | January 1998 - December 1998
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