5 Questions With Surya Sundar, Ph.D., Business Development Analyst at Precigen

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Surya is currently a Business Development Analyst at Precigen, a dedicated discovery and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing the next generation of gene and cell therapies using precision technology to target the most urgent and intractable diseases in its core therapeutic areas of immuno-oncology, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. His role is to facilitate strategic partnerships with key stakeholders; assist in drafting proposals, contracts, and marketing content; track key industry trends; portfolio management; and competitive intelligence. Essentially, he provides industry context to the R&D activities that are ongoing at Precigen to help leadership make strategic decisions with potential partners. 

5 Questions With Vimala Raghavendran, Senior Director and Head of USP Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Center

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Vimala Raghavendran leads the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Center, which houses the USP Medicine Supply Map, an information system that identifies, characterizes, and quantifies risk in the upstream pharmaceutical supply chain so that stakeholders can prioritize supply chain investments and prevent drug shortages.

5 Questions With Heather Mudrick, Clinical Practice Director at Workforce Genetics

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Heather has been in the clinical and life science recruiting business for 28 years, including running her own firm, Clintel Services, Inc., for sixteen of them. Prior to closing the company in 2019, Heather helped to grow the company into a leading clinical search firm with a trusted reputation for quality and service among many of the top pharma, biotech, CROs, and medical device companies. Heather has a proven track record of developing long-term client and candidate relationships and delivering exceptional results with experience in Clinical, Regulatory, Drug Safety, R&D, Medical Affairs, and Manufacturing. She enjoys spending her down time with her two grown children, watching TV with her two french bulldogs on her lap, or hanging with friends and enjoying dinner and drinks.

5 Questions With Prachi Narayan, M.D., Principal Scientist at American Gene Technologies

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Prachi Narayan has over 23+ years of professional experience in the medical and research field. She has a diverse foundation and background in research, private practice, and teaching at county colleges and Universities. Dr. Narayan was mostly in academia before switching gears, joining the corporate industry in early 2020. She worked for Johnson & Johnson and Merck before joining American Gene Technologies.

5 Questions With Ernie Payne, Vice President, Client Services at Conexus Solutions, Inc.  

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Ernie Payne brings a wealth of leadership to the life sciences industry due to his breadth of experience supporting customers in the Commercial Operations space.  He has partnered with various companies to help them with achieving service delivery excellence and improving client satisfaction with respect to Sales Force Automation, Field Administrative Support, Sample Accountability & Compliance, as well as other home office solutions and support. Ernie’s areas of focus include ongoing operational support, solution design, solution implementations, and sharing of best practices, while coordinating with the internal and external stakeholders to provide customers with better service through process mapping/improvements, documentation, automation, improving communications, and collaborative behaviors.

5 Questions With Jaime Ownby, Federal Government Market Development Manager at MilliporeSigma

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Jaime is a Teacher turned Research Sales Rep turned Market Development Manager. She received her degree in Chemistry from Trinity Washington University, in DC. After graduation, she became a Chemistry Teacher, at the same high school that she graduated from. A few months before the pandemic, she changed careers and became a field sales rep at the NIH for the life science company, MilliporeSigma.

5 Questions With Michael Nestor, Ph.D., Scientific Engagement Lead at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS @ Washington, DC

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As Scientific Engagement Lead, Michael is responsible for external scientific engagement with regional academic research institutions, start-ups, investment partners, and portfolio management. He collaborates with the Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC and Johnson & Johnson Innovation colleagues in sourcing and evaluating innovative companies with the aim to foster a productive life science ecosystem and bring value to the pipeline of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies (Johnson & Johnson).

5 Questions With Stefanie Trop, Ph.D.

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Stefanie brings hands-on research experience in cellular immunology, from basic research to clinical trials, along with data analysis consulting and customer support. Most recently, as a data scientist in flow cytometry with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, she enjoyed really moving life science research to fruition through data analysis by helping companies make data-driven decisions in their studies. Stefanie holds a B.S./B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is currently also pursuing a Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University. After living, learning, and working in Maryland, she is excited to support the strong local network of life science institutions that create global impacts.

5 Questions With Laura Frew, Scientific Recruiter at Workforce Genetics

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Workforce Genetics is a life science search firm that is trusted by top growth stage and venture-backed biotech companies to attract and recruit the top talent they need to grow their business and bring their technologies to patients. It also happens to be the parent company of BioBuzz Media. Laura was one of the first recruiters in the company and has since built a great career and reputation for delivering exceptional candidate experiences.