In this episode of Molecule to Market, you’ll go inside the outsourcing space of the global drug development sector with Mary Christian, Senior Vice President, Regulatory at Lyndra Therapeutics. To say Mary has an impressive track record is an understatement. Across the last three decades she has worked for some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world including Janssen and Bristol Myers Squibb before moving onto several fast growing biotech companies including Ironwood, Cyclerion and now Lyndra in senior regulatory and quality roles. She’s also a guest lecturer, a mentor to many, and a trustee for the Center for Great Expectations in New Jersey.
Your host, Raman Sehgal, discusses the pharmaceutical and biotechnology supply chain with guest Mary Christian. In this episode, Mary reflects on the main differences in working with small, nimble bio and pharma companies compared to larger more structured organizations, particularly commenting on the different ways vendors are selected. She also addressed the major shift in types of relationships sponsors and vendors have with each other as she has seen things become less transactional over time. She gives valuable advice to vendors on how to get the most out of your partnership from the very beginning while explaining what a good and bad partnership experience looks like from her perspective as a sponsor. Mary gives advice based on her experience as a successful leader in the space and explains the value in having a support system at work and at home. She also highlights how important it is, for women especially, to not opt out of opportunities to further their career. Lastly Mary speaks about The Center for Great Expectations, an organization which empowers women and families battling mental health and substance disorders to break the cycle and provide better lives for their children.
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