Eric is a R&D leader with nearly 20 years of direct experience in information technology, informatics, research, healthcare, government regulation, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals discovery and development. He is currently Senior VP, R&D Informatics at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in Cambridge, MA, and Visiting Scientist in Biomedical Informatics Institution, Harvard Medical School (HMS). His career began with the Army Corps of Engineers, followed by a stint with ArQule, Inc., where he was Group Leader of Scientific Computing. After ArQule, Eric joined the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) companies, serving first as Director of Drug Discovery Global Information Solutions, North America, at RWJ Pharmaceutical Research and progressing to Vice President, R&D Informatics at Centocor and Member of the J&J Corporate Office of Science and Technology, and ultimately to Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at J&J Pharma R&D and Head of Translational Informatics at J&J Corporate Office of Science and Development. Eric became CIO and Chief Scientist (Informatics) at the FDA in 2011 before moving to HMS to serve as Executive Director at the Center for Biomedical Informatics, prior to his current position at Takeda. Eric received his PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Drexel University; he received his BS ChE and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama and Mississippi State University, respectively.