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“Is Precision Medicine delivering on its promises?”
By: Dr. Hakan Sakul, VP and the head of Diagnostics Worldwide Research,
Development & Medical at Pfizer, Inc.
Dr. Hakan Sakul has been leading Pfizer’s company-wide Diagnostics efforts since 2007,
first working with the Board and Executive Leadership team to develop a strategy and then
implementing it, including founding the Diagnostic Group. Under his leadership, companion
diagnostics (CDx) tests have accompanied 4 Pfizer oncology drugs to global markets (3 in
US and 1 in Japan), and a total of 21 global approvals for these assets. There are over a
dozen additional CDx programs currently in different phases of clinical development. These
CDx tests, on the market or in development, collectively span over a dozen active
collaborations with diagnostics companies which he oversees.
Hakan worked in the biotech industry in human genetics and statistical genetics fields early
in his career before moving to Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals to direct human genetics,
statistical genetics and pharmacogenetics programs. Following the merger of Parke-Davis
with Pfizer, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer. One of his most
significant professional accomplishments was to lead Pfizer’s flagship companion
diagnostics program for Xalkori
® (Crizotinib), resulting in simultaneous FDA approvals of
the drug/diagnostic combination in 2011.
Hakan’s contributions to precision medicine and diagnostics have been widely recognized
through both internal and external awards, frequent speaking engagements, and press
coverage. He is a member of the Board of The Personalized Medicine Coalition and served
on California Governor Brown’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine. He received
his BS and MSc degrees from Ankara University in Turkey, PhD in Quantitative Genetics
from the University of Minnesota and as a Rotary Foundation Scholar, he conducted
postdoctoral studies at the University of California-Davis. Hakan is keenly interested in
diagnostics and related medical technologies to advance Precision Medicine for the
improvement of individualized healthcare and has made significant contribution in the field
in the form of scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters.

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