Features Pharmaceutical

Kamil Ali-Jackson – Aclaris Therapeutics Inc.

As a young girl growing up in the civil rights era, Kamil Ali-Jackson believed that the best way to positively impact the lives of others was through the law. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1984, she got her start as an attorney with New Jersey’s largest law firm, McCarter & English. There, she […]

Molly McCoy – Astellas Pharma US

The lessons have taken her far. She’s been senior leader in the legal departments for industry giants including Sandoz and Mallinckrodt, and she’s crisscrossed the country as her career grew. McCoy now works outside Chicago, guiding Astellas Pharma’s U.S. commercial legal team. But in spring 2020, her typical day’s work was anything but as the […]

Ariadna Padilla – Takeda Pharmaceutical

It’s an instance where the new kid on the block really needs someone with experience to help show them the ropes. But as Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical enhanced its presence in the Latin and South American markets through its acquisition of Irish-based Shire, the former Shire regional legal team led by Legal Counsel Ariadna Padilla finds […]

Maria del Carmen – UCB de Mexico

There was a time when Maria del Carmen thought her future would be filled with reading musical scores instead of contracts. An aspiring pianist whose dreams of becoming a concert virtuoso were eventually put on hold, del Carmen instead turned to law—and composed quite the career. Now the senior legal counsel for global biopharmaceutical giant […]

Nitzan Hadad – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Nitzan Hadad knows something about creativity. He uses it when guiding his three sons through the intricacies of pitching a tent on fishing trips. He used creativity to shepherd 60 troubled youth through tough times at an Israeli boarding school, and he applies it every day to Teva’s broad legal terrain. “Creativity is important in […]

Fabian Rivero – Megalabs

There were just three steps to the relentless business expansion underway at Megalabs in Latin America. Companies are vetted (1), purchased (2) and integrated (3). There may be other steps, too, but overall it’s a simple idea—hardly the first of its kind. It stands out at Megalabs only because of its swift execution. In the […]

Araceli Enriquez – Takeda

When the Doctor Vagón health train started rolling into marginalized villages across the Mexican countryside this year, the medical team aboard was delivering a message of hope and information to hundreds of people suffering from one of the country’s biggest killers: diabetes. The Vagón train and a cancer patient assistance program to help those who […]

Debbie Walters-Francique – Pfizer

During her 19 years with global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Debbie Walters-Francique has seen enough change to fill a Coinstar machine: shifts in medical technology; evolution within the company; heaving changes in the wider health care landscape. And she’s had the roles to show for it: from serving as global product counsel on a blockbuster product […]

Dan Zavodnick – Kedrion Biopharma

For some, finding a career path is a matter of choice. For Dan Zavodnick, it was more a matter of circumstance and necessity. In October of 2008, one year after landing at a prominent New Jersey law firm, Zavodnick was laid off, along with the firm’s other first-year associates, victims of the country’s deepening recession. […]

William Benvenuto – Retrophin Inc.

In his high school yearbook profile, Bill Benvenuto included a quote—a two-clause reminder that he should never settle or sell himself short: “Once you’ve stopped facing the challenges in life, you’ve stopped living.” It being natural to soften one’s youthful zeal with a bit of world-wise nuance, Benvenuto offered a slight addendum when he spoke […]

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