Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Northwestern University



  • Head of Takeda Digital Accelerator – USA (April 2015 – Present)
  • Associate Director, Cross-Brand Relationship Marketing (January 2013 – Present)
  • Senior Manager, CRM Strategy and Operations (August 2011 – January 2013)
  • Sales/Payer Strategies Product Manager (November 2010 – August 2011)
  • B.A., Environmental Science & Biology
  • M.B.A., Marketing, Biotechnology, Technology Management (Kellogg School of Management)
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • General Aviation (Licensed Private Pilot)
  • Web Design and Development

About Daniel J. Gandor

Dan Gandor is an accomplished “intrapreneur” and pharmaceutical marketer with expertise in both small molecules and biopharmaceuticals, along with deep brand launch experience. He possesses significant leadership experience and is an effective manager with an established, results-driven reputation. Presently serving as the Head of Takeda’s Digital Accelerator in the U.S., Dan is based in the greater Chicago area.

In his current role with Takeda, Dan spearheads the company’s efforts to identify opportunities for game-changing digital disruption within healthcare in order to better support and activate patients in managing their diseases and treatments. Takeda’s Digital Accelerator not only explores digital futures, but supports scalable experiments to pinpoint and accelerate best practices, thereby catalyzing innovation.

Dan Gandor’s professional track record reveals digital in his DNA, and he consistently displays a natural aptitude to strategize and facilitate positive change. Prior to his current position, Dan successfully built a team from the ground up around new core competencies in Relationship Marketing, Multi-Channel Marketing, and customer-centric marketing. He has led a variety of large-scale pharmaceutical marketing initiatives and teams, including commercial merger/acquisition integrations. He has also provided critical program leadership to rollouts of major technological platforms like the iPad and Veeva.

Dan has devoted his career to pharmaceuticals and medical devices in large part because of the incredible potential for positive change the life science space provides. He has always loved creating transformative change, and to know that his work has the potential to touch millions of patients down the line is an incredible privilege.

Dan Gandor holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the institution from which he also earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Biology. His graduate education spanned three separate majors: Marketing, Biotechnology, and Technology Marketing.

Dan was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago – the Jefferson Park neighborhood, to be exact. He attended St. Robert Bellarmine for grade school and then Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois for high school. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, web design, baseball, and general aviation. He earned his private pilot’s license in 2008 and maintains an aviation blog that documents his flying experiences.

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The Importance of a Positive UX

  Most designers and developers who dedicate countless hours of sweat and hard work toward building quality digital health applications feel as if their creation deserves to dominate its niche; however, whether a product thrives on the market is decided by criteria far from how well its creator thinks it operates. It matters little how well-theorized, or cleanly executed programmers may feel their applications are, because unfortunately, a product’s adoption rate is not solely reflective of the magnitude of its creators’ optimism. Digital health products are made to serve users, and no amount of revolutionary vision or hypothetical potential can save a product that fails to provide a satisfactory user experience.   User experience (UX) is about the overall impression that a service leaves; it involves a fluid blend of every variable, controllable or not, that influences users’ attitudes toward a particular product. Factors like usability and accessibility can contribute to a positive UX, while spotty performance or a lack of adequate privacy protection could sink an otherwise solid application.   A product offering negative UX can wreak highly publicized havoc on its creator’s reputation. Patients rely on digital wellness tools to help manage an invaluable commodity: their health. Most patients would question the sense of any organization that hires a doctor known to botch medical procedures. Companies of products with a weak UX should expect a similar reaction from users; it’s only natural to doubt the commitment of a company who seemingly cannot be bothered to make sure the benefits of using their service outweigh any headaches.   The rollout of Healthcare.gov is an excellent case study in...

Machine Learning is Revolutionizing Digital Health

  The global population swells by billions every decade, and the amount of people needing medical treatment climbs wildly in turn. Human processing ability alone is no longer sufficient to sift through and service a worldwide patient list numbering in the hundreds of millions; we are outnumbering ourselves. Doctors and medical staff, tasked with mastering an ever-more advanced arsenal of treatment techniques, must now look to technological innovation to manage the flow of patients, and ensure adequate care for all.   The field’s tech leaders recognize a dire need for efficiency. Facing the chore of sorting infinite amounts of medical data, many innovators believe that perhaps the most effective approach is to teach that data to sort itself. This is the beauty of machine learning: using the logic of statistical analysis, computers can actually be taught to transcend their programming; they can learn to identify patterns, make decisions, and tailor accurate predictions from blocks of input data. Coupled with the transformative power of telehealth, machine learning has the potential to personalize and optimize healthcare like never before, and usher modern medicine into a future once imagined only by the most optimistic science fiction.   One vocal advocate for uniting the fields of machine learning and digital health is Dr. Yulun Wang, a leader in surgical robotics and founder of pioneering telehealth company InTouch. Wang believes that “machine learning will soon be integrated cohesively into healthcare delivery through telehealth so that big data sets can be gathered and analyzed to improve global care. It will also improve individual care by matching the specifics of a patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan...

Could Digital Health Spell the End of the Doctor’s Office?

For as long as doctors have practiced, we’ve relied on them to remedy our lumps, cuts, bruises, and breaks. When we’re stricken with sickness, or we feel an inkling of disease, our self-preservation instinct urges a trip to the doctor’s office. For those able to stomach the costs, it’s always been not just common sense, but second nature to seek medical treatment from the most qualified source.   Today, the nature of communication is fundamentally changed. A face-to-face conversation no longer requires its participants to inhabit the same place and time. With modern technology, it’s now easy to digitize almost every type of exchange, whether it be conversational, informational, or monetary. This communicative flexibility has borne a universe of potential in nearly every industry, including healthcare. A multitude of new telehealth apps, available via smart device, are set to broadcast the treatment paradigm into a digitally integrated future, rendering professional care more affordable, accessible, and convenient than ever.   An unwanted illness can upset our day-to-day at any time. Having to ferry a feverish partner to the emergency room is never convenient, even less so when their symptoms clear by the time the doctor arrives. Apps like Teladoc and Doctor on Demand are the answer to ambiguous symptoms that leave patients unsure whether visiting the doctor’s office is the right move. These apps allow users to discuss symptoms with professionals certified in everything from pediatrics, to gynecology, to internal medicine. On top of that, most online consultations are relatively cheap, costing around $40-$50.   Owned by around 36 million Americans, wearable technology is fueling healthcare’s digital facelift in a...