Digital Centre of Excellence
Merck & Company
Dr Junaid Bajwa is a practising physician and the Global Lead for Strategic Alliances and Solutions for the Global Digital Centre of Excellence at Merck.
Dr. Bajwa joined Merck/ MSD 3 years ago as the Executive Director for Healthcare Services for MSD UK, where he led a range of strategic initiatives to improve patient care, including establishment of internal partnerships across MSD and external partnerships across the health care ecosystem. Examples of his team’s work in the past 3 years include establishing VelocityHealth in partnership with Telefonica, winning the NHS Oncology Vanguard project to support Early Identification of Cancer, and securing a novel contract incorporating a pill plus service contract for Hepatitis C. In addition, Dr. Bajwa led his team to deliver the “NHS Testbed” in partnership with Verily Life Sciences (part of Alphabet) which the Health Service Journal recently recognized as the “2018 Best Pharmaceutical Partnership with the NHS”.
Previously, Dr. Bajwa has worked in primary care as a physician and in the payer, provider and regulatory markets within the UK where he specialized in informatics, digital transformation, and leadership. He has consulted for health care systems across the US, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Europe, in addition to being seconded by the NHS to work with IBM.
Dr. Bajwa received his MBA at the Imperial College Business School in London and studied health strategy and quality improvement at Harvard University (Kennedy School of Public Policy Analysis and Chan School of Public Health) and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement in Boston. He now spearheads MSD’s work in Global Strategic Alliances for the DigitalCentre of Excellence.