July 29, 2019 Others

Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2019 to Dr. Slingsby, founding CEO & Executive Director of GHIT

GHIT is delighted to announce that GHIT’s founding CEO & Executive Director, Dr. BT Slingsby, received Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2019 for the “promotion of international cooperation in the technical cooperation field." Dr. Slingsby led the conceptualization, foundation, and capital growth of GHIT as well as its portfolio of investment in product development for global health by utilizing Japanese science and pharmaceutical capabilities.


Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. The Commendations also aim to promote the Japanese public’s understanding and support of the recipients’ activities. This year, Commendations will be awarded to 206 individuals and 63 groups residing both in Japan and overseas.  


"It is a tremendous honor for me to be recognized by the Government of Japan for the achievements of GHIT and its contributions to global health using Japanese science and technology,” Dr. Slingsby said. “I share this honor with the GHIT team, its members of the Council, Board, and Selection Committee along with my trusted advisors."


GHIT CEO Ms. Catherine Kaseri Ohura said, "The Commendations to Dr. Slingsby both motivate us and serve to bolster the momentum of our product development. Given the entrepreneurial spirit of GHIT’s DNA, just one part of Dr. Slingsby’s lasting legacy to the institution, we are committed to facilitating more innovative partnerships for funding, R&D, and access and delivery strategies with the end goal of delivering lifesaving products to those patients who need them most."


Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2019