In this episode of Molecule to Market, you’ll go inside the outsourcing space of the global drug development sector with Tia Lyles-Williams, CEO of LucasPye Bio. Tia is the first African-American Queer Woman to own & lead a Biopharma Large-Scale Manufacturing Company in the US. She has spent 20 years in the industry formerly working for the U.S. Federal Government, Big Pharma and Small Biotech Companies, before setting up her own CDMO. Tia is not only highly knowledgeable about the biotechnology sector but she works hard on helping economic development in underserved communities.
Your host, Raman Sehgal, discusses the pharmaceutical and biotechnology supply chain with Tia, covering how equality and diversity in the pharma and biotech space is no better now than it was 20 years ago, which is being compounded by Covid-19. She describes the challenges of fundraising and getting a biotech CDMO built and off the ground in an economically underserved community in Philadelphia. She stresses the importance in young people taking their education and experience into their own hands and going the extra mile to unlock new opportunities, “don’t ask permission to lead” she says. Lastly, Tia speaks on creating a new breed of CDMOs, organizations that are highly digital, leaner, faster, cheaper, and more transparent with a social conscience. She also wants to put Pennsylvania on the map as the next major global life science biotech hub.
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