DIA fosters innovation to improve health and well-being worldwide by:
- Providing invaluable forums to exchange vital information and discuss current issues related to health care products, technologies, and services;
- Delivering customized learning experiences;
- Building, maintaining, and facilitating trusted relationships with and among individuals and organizations that drive and share DIA values and mandates; and
- Offering a multidisciplinary neutral environment, respected globally for integrity and relevancy.
- Sandra A. Milligan, MD, JD•President
- Tatsuo Kurokawa, PhD•President-Elect
- Per Spindler, DVM•Past President
- John A. (Jay) Roberts, MBA•Secretary/Treasurer
- Barbara Lopez Kunz•Global Chief Executive
- Peter Bachmann, PhD•EMA Liaison to the DIA Board
- Gesine Bejeuhr, PhD•Director
- Andrzej Czarnecki, MD, PhD, DSc•Director
- Gerald J. Dal Pan, MD•FDA Liaison to the DIA Board
- Sergio Guerrero, MD•Director
- Angelika Joos•Director
- Michele C. Livesey•Director
- Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD•Director
- Renee Selman•Director
- Yoshiaki Uyama, PhD•PMDA Liaison to the DIA Board
- Rebecca Vermeulen•Director
- Durhane Wong-Rieger, PhD•Director
DIA was founded in 1964 as a neutral global membership association dedicated to improving communication and collaboration in drug development. That goal remains the same today.
The organization was born out of a true need. DIA’s founding was closely tied to the 1962 passage of sweeping legislation passed in the United States in response to the finding that use of thalidomide to treat morning sickness caused birth defects. Although the problem was global, there was no organization at the time that could foster cooperative efforts across the entire world. Seeing the need, a group of 30 pharmaceutical professionals, medical writers, and academics created DIA as a fully independent unbiased association.
The neutral posture of DIA encourages active participation. Because membership spans all aspects of health care product development and life cycle management, members are free to collaborate fully as they explore fresh ideas and think outside of their traditional fields. Today, DIA is a worldwide organization in more than 80 countries with regional offices covering the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.