Adrian Thomas

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(pharmaceutical executive, Big Pharma/lobbyist)
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Alma materUniversity of Melbourne, Monash University
Interests • vaccines
• pandemics
• lobbyism
Pharma executive who attended Event 201 Covid dry-run.

Adrian Thomas is a senior executive at big pharma company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), where he is responsible for making sure J&J gets (lucrative) market access in global public health programs. He participated in the notorious 2019 Event 201 pandemic exercise[1].


Adrian Thomas is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the College of Medial Administrators. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and was a NHMRC research scholar at the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at Monash University.[2]


Prior to joining J&J, Thomas worked for pharma companies Schering-Plough and Eli Lilly, with medical affairs, drug development and product management.[1]

Since 2016, Adrian Thomas has worked as Vice President for Global Public Health at Johnson & Johnson. He is responsible for global public health programs and strategy addressing Global Health Security threats and pandemic preparedness including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDRTB), Ebola, Dengue Fever, HIV vaccines amongst others. His lobbyist areas include area strategy, public health, market access, and pharmaceutical policy. He has held numerous roles in lobbyist ventures such as market access and product management, including Global Head of Market Access for Janssen (owned by J&J) & Global Head of Access for Medical Devices, for Johnson & Johnson, as well as roles in risk management and drug safety, including Global Head of Benefit Risk Management and Chief Safety Officer for Janssen.[1]

He is a Board Member in the AMR Industry Alliance, an business alliance of pharmaceutical companies working to meet market needs for new classes of antibiotics and breakthrough mechanisms, collaborating with other stakeholders tod encourage the uptake of vaccines and diagnostics tools.[3]

He is a Fellow at The Aspen Institute.


Events Participated in

Event 20118 October 201918 October 2019New York
A Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security/World Economic Forum/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored large scale simulation of a global coronavirus pandemic predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Held October 2019.
Preventing Global Catastrophic Biological Risks14 February 202016 February 2020Germany
Munich Security Conference
Simulation of a global influenza pandemic predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Held February 2020, with a who-is-who of pandemic planners. Held February 2020.
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