Prashant Nikam to lead MSD Australia & New Zealand

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January 24, 2022 6:10 am Australia/Sydney

Prashant Nikam has been appointed Managing Director of MSD Australia & New Zealand. In this role, Prashant will set the strategic direction for MSD in Australia & New Zealand with a focus on key growth areas of oncology and vaccines. His first priority is to meet with and listen to key stakeholders about how MSD can best serve their needs.   

“I am thrilled to be leading MSD in Australia and New Zealand and excited by the opportunity of working with our dedicated team to expand patient access to MSD’s medicines and vaccines,” said Mr Nikam.

“I am determined to work collaboratively with patients, clinicians, government and industry as we look to plot a path out of the COVID-19 pandemic which has reframed and reemphasised the importance of timely access to medicines and vaccines in Australia and New Zealand”.

“Together I am confident that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of patients by accelerating access times to life saving and life changing treatments. I look forward to engaging with and listening to patients and stakeholders about how MSD can best serve their needs into the future”.

Prior to his appointment, Prashant served as Vice President United States Oncology Marketing, with responsibility for MSD’s Lung Portfolio, Head and Neck, Skin Cancers, and Precision Medicine. Prashant also served as interim Head of Oncology for MSD in the US, where he was responsible for the end-to-end operations of MSD’s US Oncology business.

Prashant brings with him more than 19 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having held significant roles in oncology in the areas of Market Access, Health Outcomes, Global Commercial Strategy, and Marketing at a number of global companies including Novartis, Sanofi, and GSK.

Prashant is a pharmacist by training, and holds a PhD in Health Economics and Outcomes Research from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is in the process of relocating to Australia with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys road cycling, and playing and watching cricket.

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