How did you get your start in the field?
I worked in hospital laboratories for a few years and then started at Covance at an entry level position in operations 17 years ago. I worked my way up over ten years managing projects and ultimately overseeing our late phase group. About six years ago, I moved to sales and business development and have worked in a variety of roles.
Graduate School & Degree
Covance is one of the world’s largest drug development companies. We offer services from drug discovery through commercialization. I am responsible for overseeing the team that sells Phase I through Phase IV patient clinical trial services to pharmaceutical companies on the east coast.
Impact of Ursinus
A liberal arts education, overall, inspires a love of learning. In addition to this, Ursinus provided a substantial foundation for imparting in me the ability to think critically. I also feel comfortable to continually pursue opportunities out of my comfort zone knowing that I can always draw upon this basic foundation.
Piece of Advice
Take a variety of courses. Take advantage of this time in your life to pursue your interests. From personal experience, as a science major, I wish I took some business courses! You never know where your career will take you.
Paying It Forward
Happy to discuss the drug development field or answer questions students/alumni may have about the industry.