Durga has over 25 years of global commercial biopharma experience. After an initial spell as a sales representative at Parke-Davis, he took on roles of increasing responsibility at major global pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Genentech and Amgen in the areas of Marketing, Product Development, Alliance Management and Business Development.
Durga started his 15-year career at Merck & Co, Inc. in pricing and then held U.S. and global roles that included U.S. brand management, business development and emerging markets. He ultimately joined the Vaccine Division as Sr. Director of International Commercial Operations and later Executive Director for the Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa region. Durga supported four ex-US launches and helped Merck Vaccines quadruple annual sales to $4 billion to become the world’s number one vaccine company.
In addition to his vaccine experience, Durga was Sr. Director of brand decision support for the full Genentech portfolio, and at Amgen, served as the Global Marketing Leader for Repatha® and the Executive Director for the Cardiometabolic Portfolio. Prior to joining SutroVax, Durga was the head of marketing for MyoKardia and Vice President, Project Team Leader.
He is an athletic booster for his children’s high school and enjoys cross fit.