Leader of Tomorrow

1.  Introduce yourself here!

DIA Staff
Posted 03-15-2018 12:16 PM
Introduce yourself here! Share what you are looking for and what you would like out of this community. Please let us know your name, where you are from, your job or school, and what you are interested in.  Perhaps also include an interesting fact about yourself?

Katherine Krauland
Special Projects Lead
Washington DC

2.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

Posted 03-15-2018 11:27 PM
Edited by FENG-SHUO PAI 03-16-2018 12:19 AM
Dear Fellows,

I am Feng-Shuo Pai from Taiwan, a clinical research associate in China Medical University Hospital. When I was in college, I majored in biotechnology learning about molecular biology and cell biology, spending most of time doing experiments. In 2011, I took a program to have an opportunity to participate in "International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)". Our team "NCTU-Formosa" was brainstorming to design an fascinating project, "Pathway Commander". It was a simple design trying to organize each enzymes in pipeline to optimize the end products to develop biofuels. Unfortunately, we didn't have the access to the final competition in Boston.

Many years later, the field "Translational Medicine" catches my attention. "From bedside to bench, from bench to bedside." How to bring our laboratory findings solves the real world clinical problems. It was the transition of my life, from "basic research" to "clinical medicine". With this goal in my mind, bridging the gap between academics and industry, I engaged myself into the clinical trial industry. All of the innovating drugs or medical devices need to be verified with their safety and efficacy before entering to market. As a CRA, the majority purpose is to ensure the whole clinical trial process under the good clinical practice regulation, protecting the human subject right and data integrity. It is just a beginning; there are lots of things I would like to explore. This is why I joined in DIA big family. Fortunately, this time I have the opportunity to visit Boston which I missed in college.

I am particularly interested in the field "Immunal Cell Therapy", trying to know the obstacles to generalize this novel treatment to most of patients. Besides, I am specially curious about how to communicate with different stakeholders, trying to optimize the drug or medical device development process. "Medical Science Liaison" is also the occupation I would like to dig more. All in all, hope all of members could grasp something benefit from DIA annual meeting.

Feng-Shuo Pai
Clinical Research Associate,
China Medical University Hospital,
Taichung, Taiwan
886-4-2205-2121 #4572

3.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

Posted 23 days ago
Hello all,

I am a postdoc in the bay area working on regulatory issues surrounding pharmacogenomics. Specifically, I work on drug delivery and membrane drug transporters.

Hoping to collaborate with like-minded individuals with entrepreneurial aspirations. Also interested in life science pharmaceutical consulting and business development.

DIA is a great organization and the annual meeting is a blast. Hope to see you in Boston!

Obi Okafor
CERSI Fellow
Stanford University/UCSF

4.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

Posted 16 days ago

My name is Debora Weiss. I concluded my Post-BS PharmD in 2010, at the Massachussetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston. I was born and raised in Brazil, where I obtained a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a MS in Pharmacology.

I work in Global Medical Information, Medical Affairs, at Merck and Co., Inc., located in North Wales, PA.

While I have followed the DIA online, I officially became a DIA member in January of this year. I just returned from the DIA Medical Communications Forum in Palm Springs, CA. It was a great meeting and the resort where the meeting took place is beautiful!
During the Forum, I learned that the 2nd DIA meeting in Brazil will happen this fall, would anyone be able to point me in the right direction concerning the registration and agenda for this meeting, as well as volunteer opportunities concerning this meeting?

As it was discussed in the Forum, we are in an era of digital innovation and face challenges in the development of new ways to deliver medical communication.

I am excited to be a member of DIA and am looking forward to being part of a group of leaders in the delivery of medical information!

Debora Weiss
Global Medical Information Scientist
Merck & Co., Inc.
North Wales PA

5.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

Posted 11 days ago
I am Divya Krishnakumar. I currently work as a Quality Assurance Associate in an Excipients manufacturing company. I completed my M.Pharm in Qualuty Assurance from Mumbai, India.

I joined DIA as a student back in 2014 when I was doing my post graduation. I was fortunate that I got to attend the DIA Annual India Summit that year. And I have to say, it spaked my interest in the community and in the industry. I am extremely thankful to DIA for that.

I have been working with my company for about 3 years now and I understand what role the Excipients play in the finished formulation. While not the actual active ingredient, excipients still contribute hugely into the quality of the final product. I am here to understand the workings and the current trends of the pharmaceutical industry. I am especially curious about the risk management part of supply chain of pharmaceuticals.

I look forward to learning a lot of new things from this community.

Divya Krishnakumar
Global Quality Assurance
Mumbai, India

6.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

Posted 11 days ago

My name is Rosa Kim, and I'm a drug information resident at Mercer University College of Pharmacy.
I graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2015.
Upon graduation, I completed a medical information fellowship at Fresenius Medical Care and an Academic Fellowship at Touro College of Pharmacy.

My greatest interest is in medical communication/information in various settings as I was able to see drug information in different practice areas throughout my training.

Very nice to meet everyone!

J. Rosa Kim, PharmD.
Atlanta GA

7.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

Posted 9 days ago

Hello everyone!

My name is Matt Baldwin. I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and am a Senior Biostatistician at PRA Health Sciences. I have the privilege of working as a dedicated, embedded employee on the Janssen (J&J) analysis standards team. I have a broad interest in the biopharmaceutical clinical space, not just limited to statistics.

I attended the DIA Annual Conference in 2015 and became a DIA member that year also. I attended many sessions on topics of interest and relevance to me such as statistical analysis, CDISC, and risk based monitoring. It felt great to walk away having listened to many of the current thought leaders. I benefited greatly knowing the current perspectives from regulatory authorities and industry. I also enjoyed networking at the booths, meeting new contacts and discussing how to do clinical trials better. Additionally, I connected with the DIA Statistics Community at the conference and stayed in touch after, and eventually became an active member of the DIA Statistics Community Core Committee. I appreciate my role on the committee to help facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration.

I hope to broaden my knowledge and understanding of the pharma industry through this Leaders of Tomorrow community, as I do see myself as a leader of tomorrow, currently learning from many who are more experienced as the leaders of today. I am happy to share what I've learned so far to anyone interested, whether about the industry or involvement in DIA.

Matt Baldwin
Senior Biostatistician
PRA Health Sciences