Celebrating the Life and Legacy of José Baselga

A visionary scientist like José Baselga comes around once in a generation. A gifted physician-researcher, he experienced triumphs and overcame challenges to help transform cancer treatment for patients around the world. As we approach the one-year anniversary of his passing, we reflect not only on his pioneering achievements and contributions to oncology research and clinical care, but also his lasting impact on individuals, teams and institutions around the world.

José was a fierce opponent of cancer through his determination to understand not just the biology of cancer, but how each patient was experiencing the disease. He had an innate ability to see patterns where others could not, and his tenacity helped to push himself and those around him to ask questions and seek new ways of approaching science. A lifelong student and teacher, he was a mentor who worked to inspire researchers, clinicians and students of all types.

On 7 March 2022, the flagship building on our Gaithersburg, Maryland campus was dedicated as the José Baselga Building at One MedImmune Way, in honour of his visionary leadership. On the same day, the documentary José Baselga: Cancer's Fiercest Opponent had its global premiere inside the building, and the event was attended by José's family, company leadership and many AstraZeneca colleagues.

Watch the official trailer here:

We continue to honour José’s legacy through several ongoing initiatives, many in collaboration with partner institutions and organisations to maximise impact to the cancer research and rare disease communities. These initiatives include:

Learn more about these initiatives through the links on this page, which will continue to be updated.

AstraZeneca Baselga Career Research Scholars Programme (coming soon)


  • Science
  • Research
  • Partnering
  • STEM
  • Oncology

Veeva ID: Z4-42387
Date of preparation: March 2022