Dr Shefali Agarwal is a physician by training, as well as a respected biotech industry leader. Her positions have included President and Chief Executive Officer at Onxeo and Acting Chief Medical and Development officer at Epizyme, Board of Director @ FATE therapeutics, Gritstone Bio, ITB-Med, SABC member @ Imvax. Dr. Agarwal has 20 years of diverse career encompassing the entire requisites of academic medicine and research from clinic to bedside. In addition, she is has excelled in all phases of pharmaceutical drug development including bringing several novel cancer treatments from development to commercialization. Her medical background coupled with business and public health experience, provides her with a perspective on both treatment and prevention. Dr. Agarwal is well published and has authored many peer reviewed articles in various cancer publications (NEJM, Lancet Oncology, et al). She is a passionate cancer researcher and is currently working on various innovative cancer development projects that may advance treatment options for patients.
She has contributed or led approval of drugs in multiple tumor types including breast, renal cell, ovarian and lymphoma . She is a recipient of Top 100 hundred heath care leaders, 17th Annual 20 Outstanding Women of the Year award for the year 2019 and regular invited panelist speaker of Chief Medical Officer Summit 360˚ and other conferences.
Fighting cancer is personal to Dr. Agarwal. At a young age, in India, she lost her father to cancer. He was a well-respected, well known ophthalmologist whose work with patients inspired her to become a physician. Having been touched personally through this difficult journey - seeing her father fight the challenge of cancer, she has dedicated her life to cancer awareness, research and prevention. In 2019, she realized her dream of supporting cancer patients and families by founding Cancer Shakti Foundation.
She is supported in this mission by her inspiration - her mother Dr. Savita Agarwal. In addition, she is fortunate to have her loving and ever supporting husband Vatsal Shah and sister Sonali Agarwal and her two lovely daughters Sanaaya and Samira Shah on this important journey with her.