Murray Lumpkin M.D.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr Murray Lumpkin became Deputy Director – Integrated Development and Lead for Global Regulatory Systems Initiatives at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2014. He leads the Foundation's strategic initiatives around global regulatory systems optimization working with the World Health Organization and other multinational organizations, regional and other regulatory harmonization initiatives, and national regulatory authorities. These initiatives are focused on making more efficient and effective (without sacrificing product quality) the regulatory processes through which products must pass to be developed, marketed, and overseen after approval in low-income countries. He retired from the FDA in 2014 after just over 24 years of service. From 2011 to 2014, he was the Commissioner’s Senior Advisor and Representative for Global Issues. From 2001-2011, he was responsible for the policy development and operational aspects of the FDA’s international activities (as Deputy Commissioner for International and Special Programs 2005-2011) during which, under his leadership, FDA’s foreign posts were established and FDA’s confidentiality arrangements, working relationships, and harmonization activities with foreign counterpart agencies were designed and implemented. From 1993-2000, he was the Deputy Center Director (Review Management) of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), and from 1989-1993, he was the Director of CDER’s Division of Anti-infective Drug Products. He is an MD with post-graduate training in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic. As a Fulbright Scholar, he completed an MSc in medical parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and received his certification in tropical medicine and hygiene. Prior to his work with the FDA, he was head of pediatric infectious diseases at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and he worked at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. His undergraduate work was at Philips University (Marburg, Germany) and Davidson College, from which he graduated with a BA in German.


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