Leader of Tomorrow Advanced Community

Introduce yourself here!

  • 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 03-29-2018 03:27 PM
    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 04-05-2018 02:35 PM

    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 04-30-2018 04:51 AM
    Edited by Feng-Shuo Pai 04-30-2018 04:56 AM
      |   view attached
    Hello Debora Weiss,

    I'm Feng-Shuo Pai, from Taiwan, as a DIA social media ambassador. It's also my first time to become a DIA member this year.

    I'm glad to hear you are currently working at North Wales, Pennsylvania, which is not far from Boston.

    So, I would like to invite you to participate in the "Leader of Tomorrow" challenges in DIA Global App. (Link: DIA 2018 - Emerging Professionals)

    The TOP-5 winners will have free access opportunity to DIA 2018 Global Annual Meeting (June 24-28th) in Boston.

    Here are the steps toward success:

    Step 1: Download the "DIA Global App".
    Step 2: Register DIA account/password.
    Step 3: Select the event "Leader of Tomorrow".
    Step 4: Complete the Challenges to get the points.
    (Ex: 350pts for become a DIA member, following the instructions to get the points)
    (Ex: 250pts for get active in the Leader of Tomorrow advanced community) You've already had potential 600 pts.
    Step 5: Enjoy the journey in DIA 2018 global annual meeting.

    Looking forward to seeing you on the "DIA Global App". (Competition is till May 9th 17:00 EST)

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

  • 6.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-10-2018 09:21 AM
    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

  • 7.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-10-2018 11:12 AM

    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

  • 8.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-12-2018 08:25 AM

    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

  • 9.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-23-2018 07:53 AM
    Hi all,

    I'm Laura from France and I'm a Pharmacist. I graduated in 2014 from Strasbourg University of Pharmacy.

    Since I like science and innovation I did a Master degree in Biotechnology and I have completed my education with an Advanced Master in Business within Grenoble Business School (GEM). I had experience in research and development before starting a work study program as a Business Analyst at Boehringer Ingelheim in Paris in 2015. Thanks my coursework and my internships, I have got dual competence, both in sciences and in business.

    I'm currently based in Switzerland and I'm working as a Business development associate within Productlife Group (PLG). Thanks PLG, I had the opportunity to learn more about the DIA association and to take part at the DIA Euromeeting last week in Basel. I really enjoyed it and I wish I will join the DIA Global meeting to see you LoT team in Boston. I will not miss the opportunity to chat, to exchange ideas and to make my global and overall vision of the Pharma industries of tomorrow.

    See you soon,

    Laura Lambs, PharmD
    Business Development Associate
    ProductLife Group/ Basel

  • 10.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-24-2018 03:45 PM

    Hi Everyone,


    I am pleased to join this effervescent community. DIA is quite new for me. Obviously, like many, I've already heard about it in my student life and in my working environment, but not really knowing what is was all about. As I started digging for regulatory information on internet and for drug related information in a broader way, I found out this association. I also found out that most of my friends met at various EPSA/IPSF events already knew about it. Am I so disconnected from real pharma world?


    Let me rewind. I am a pharmacist, graduated from the faculty of pharmacy of Poitiers, in France. During my studies, I've been working in the pharmaceutical student association where I led the International communication team. This gave me the opportunity to attend 2 events made by pharmaceutical students for pharmaceutical students and held in Istanbul (the EPSA annual meeting of 2012) and in Hurgada (IPSF annual meeting of 2012). My parents were really nice to let me go on 2 consecutive students events. ;) From this experience I gained a lot! Especially enough self-confidence to pursue my studies abroad in the university of Uppsala, in Sweden. Finally, after completing a Master degree in Paris, specialized in International drug development and registration, I started my professional career as a regulatory affairs CMC specialist in GSK Vaccines in Belgium. Now working in an international pharmaceutical company in Switzerland, I feel a little bit disconnected from what's happening outside the organization, despite the great job our Reg Intel department delivers. Be part of this community is a good way to reconnect and stay tuned for more pharma and healthcare insights with a different viewpoint from the one provided in my working environment.


    I'm convinced I have plenty of things to learn from this community, from you and I look forward to shaping the future together, all as leaders of tomorrow!


    Best regards.

    Helene Texier
    Regulatory Biotech CMC Manager
    Merck Group

  • 11.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-25-2018 06:57 AM
    Hello everyone,
              My name is Rosario Luna, I have a bachelor degree in Biotechnology and I am currently finalizing my master degree in clinical research. I am from Argentina and have worked as a Pharmacovigilance associate for 3 years now. I am very passionate about it! In Argentina we do not have many courses/training/congresses regarding drug safety available and that is why I joined DIA. I am always willing to learn and try to improve my way of working. I also see DIA as a network and an excellent way to connect and get in touch with my colleagues all over the globe.

    Thank you!

    Maria Del Rosario Luna
    PhV associate
    Teva Argentina
    Buenos Aires

  • 12.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-28-2018 07:26 AM
    Hi everyone!
    I am Clement, a French pharmacist currently a final year PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Delivery at Queen's University Belfast, in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
    I finished my PharmD specializing in industry and research at the University of Lille, in the North of France, in 2014. I also passed an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy at Paris-Sud University the same year.
    I look forward to taking part in this LoT community and hope to be able to attend a DIA event soon!
    All the best,

    Clement Haeck, PharmD, MSc
    PhD Researcher
    Queen's University Belfast
    Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

  • 13.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 04-30-2018 08:32 PM

    My name is Lisa Kim and I work in drug safety operations at Shire.  I've worked in PV for a few years now, and currently oversee our case processing vendor outsourced in India.  I just joined DIA this year and I attended my first industry conference in January in Washington DC.

    My role at Shire has provided much opportunity for me to further my career development and provided exposure to many different aspects of drug development and post surveillance activities.  I hope to enhance my skills set and expand my knowledge by attending conferences and events hosted by organization such as DIA, and making valuable connections whereby I can share and absorb as much as I can.

    A fun fact about myself is that my latest method of wellness and health is kickboxing!  Martial arts is a fun way for me to relieve stress and get my daily dose of natural endorphins. :)

    Lisa Kim
    Global Drug Safety Operations Manager


  • 14.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 05-03-2018 01:27 AM
    Hello everyone, I am Yi-Lin Wu from China Medical University Hospital which located in Taichung, Taiwan. It's perfessional and wonderful hospital in central Taiwan. I have been working here as a research associate for more than a year. 
    When I studied in university, I majored in English minored in French. Although these two subjects do not related to the medical industry, I am really interested in every topics of clinical trial. In addition, this is also one of the reason I joined DIA! Since there are so much things for me to learn, I hope I can have a opportunity to share and exchange the opinion with you! Looking forward to meeting you all in DIA soon :)

    Yi-Lin Wu
    Research Associate
    China Medical University Hospital

  • 15.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 05-03-2018 07:35 PM

    Hello from Boston,


    This is Bhargav Tulabandula from India. Prior to moving to US, I graduated with a bachelor's in pharmacy from India and master's in biomedical engineering from Germany and worked in the field of Basic and Applied Bio-Material Research to develop systems for regenerative and tissue engineering applications. After which I moved to US, to pursue a degree in Regulatory affairs at Northeastern University, Boston (best decision) and gained experience in regulatory affairs by working for both pharma and medical device industry. I was introduced to DIA by one of my mentor/colleague. Personally, DIA is an exciting platform to stay abreast of recent advances, changes and impacts to the health care industry. It ensures my urge for continuous learning is satisfied. I would like to learn from the best and engage with the passionate people who are there to share their experiences at the DIA. Looking forward for digital health impact on patient engagement presentations.

    It is my pleasure to be a part of this Leaders for Tomorrow community platform, that will allow to share our experiences, learn from each other and play a positive role in contributing to the society. Hope to see you all in Boston and can guide you for sight-seeing.

    Bhargav Tulabandula
    Regulatory Specialist
    Northeastern University
    Boston MA

  • 16.  RE: Introduce yourself here!

    Posted 10-31-2018 07:28 PM

    My name is Natasha Phrsai, currently the Director, Clinical Research for Northwell Health (lhealth system). I have just finished my Masters Degree. I am excited to be apart of this group, as I am not sure that I fit well with the Professionals, I do not feel I am established enough in my field.

    I have a experience as a research coordinator, and I would love to be a Leader, in the future.

    Thank you for allowing me to join.

    Natasha Phrsai
    Director, Clinical Research/Investigator Support
    Hicksville NY