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New Gates CEO is expert in drug development

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SEATTLE — Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann says she had a “perfectly good job” when Bill and Melinda Gates came calling.

As chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Desmond-Hellmann had piloted the school through both budget cuts and expansion, and she still loved the work.

But the Gates Foundation co-founders dangled a better offer: CEO of the world’s richest philanthropy.

“The more I spoke with Bill and Melinda, and the more I learned about the foundation and its mission,…

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