ISPE knows that the future of the pharmaceutical industry lies with its youth—and to prove it, we’ve contacted five former contestants to see how the competition affected their careers.
A quick look at the numbers for student poster competitions.
As I walked up to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the magnitude and grandeur of the building set the stage for how much bigger this ISPE event was than any business event I’d previously attended. The atrium was packed to the brim. There were polished professionals, contemporary booths, and fancy hors d’oeuvres. As an engineer with two years of experience in the industry, I wondered how I would mesh with the seasoned experts from all over the globe.
I’ve been a student volunteer, a committee member, an engaged Young Professional and a Chapter board member. I’ve gone from working in research and development to quality assurance management, and now I consult on current good manufacturing practice and risk management around the United States. And I ask myself how is it that with all the information, technology, and experience available, the US Food and Drug Administration continues to find the same top 10 issues with compliance around the nation and the globe?
I’m a pharmaceutical professional, toxicologist, project manager, validation specialist, wife, mother, and daughter. I did not get where I am in my career without the support, wisdom, and mentoring of others. My mother, who majored in math and minored in physics in the 1960s, and my pharmacist father encouraged me and let me believe that there was no limit to what I could do or accomplish.
In 2007, Karthik Ramachandran graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. His graduate studies brought him to the University of Kansas, where he found himself engaged with the school’s Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation. Since then Ramachandran has been added to business publication Ingram’s “20 in Their Twenties” list and named a Top Young Entrepreneur to Watch by Under30CEO. Ramachandran is cofounder of Likarda, a Kansas City company revolutionizing diabetes treatment in canine and feline patients.