Dr. Melvin Sanicas is a vaccinologist and public health physician with over 10 years international experience in drug and vaccine development, regulatory affairs, and drug safety. He was a Global Health Fellow and Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he launched the Collaboration for TB Vaccine Discovery and managed a portfolio of over US$ 20M of research and capability building projects in Europe, US, and Africa. He earned his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) and M.D. from the University of the Philippines, Master’s degree in Vaccinology and Pharmaceutical Clinical Development (cum laude) from the Università degli Studi di Siena in Italy, Master’s degree in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and postgraduate degrees in health economics, patient safety and clinical risk management in Aberdeen and Leeds. Dr. Sanicas writes about infectious diseases and global health topics for the World Economic Forum, Project Syndicate, HuffPost, TED-Ed, and a variety of other publications. He is a partner at the Brighton Collaboration, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.