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Diversity of Project Management Approaches in a Small Biotechnology Company

23aug8:00 am9:00 amDiversity of Project Management Approaches in a Small Biotechnology Company

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Life science companies have adopted project and program management as a core competency to manage business process changes and drive their development pipeline.  Larger companies typically have very narrowly defined PM roles and centralized and formalized processes, while smaller companies typically have fewer PMs and few if any standardized practices.  These smaller, informal venues can pose a challenge and an opportunity for PMs.  In this discussion, three practitioners from a smaller biotech company will share their experiences, highlight the varied and demanding responsibilities for PMs in a dynamic biotech environment.  In addition to sharing different approaches based on the need in research, CMC and alliances, they will also touch on the importance of culture, corporate values, and growth in how PM is deployed, and will share some of the challenges working in a highly fluid environment with complex set of stakeholders with different definitions of PM.

Speakers for this event

  • Joyce Pinkham

    Joyce Pinkham

    Generation Bio

    Joyce is Vice President, Program and Alliance Management at Generation Bio, a small rapidly growing biotechnology company.  In addition to providing leadership to the Program and Alliance group at the company, Joyce is the Alliance Manager for the company’s first strategic collaboration.  She also provides Program Management support to the program team preparing for the company’s first development program.  Joyce has nearly 20 years of experience in the life science and technology industry with roles in project, program, portfolio and alliance management.  She has worked at companies ranging in size from 20 to over 50,000 people.  Joyce holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Mariamawit (Mari) Gebremeskel

    Mariamawit (Mari) Gebremeskel

    Generation Bio

    Mariamawit (Mari) Gebremeskel is a CMC project manager at Generation Bio, a quickly growing biotechnology company. In her role, Mari provides project management support to cross-functional CMC projects and teams for their drug development portfolio. Before shifting to project management, Mari had 7 years experience in upstream process engineering and development as a technical lead of various units of operations to help drive production platform processes. Mari holds an Masters of Science (MSc.) in Bioengineering from Tufts University and has taken various workshops and training sessions in project management and PM specific to biotechnology.

  • Paul Cook

    Paul Cook

    Generation Bio

    Paul Cook, Ph.D., is senior director of program management at Generation Bio, a biotechnology company innovating genetic medicines for people living with rare and prevalent diseases. In his role, Paul works specifically to support the research and development organization in three distinct capacities: empowering research teams to advance the underlying science of Generation Bio’s novel DNA construct; leading the forum for R&D research; and working directly with senior leaders to guide the growth and development of the R&D efforts.  Prior to joining Generation Bio, Paul worked in a project management consultancy, working with dozens of LS companies from startups to the largest pharma on business process, product development, regulatory and compliance initiatives. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of California Berkeley, is a Certified PMP and Scrum Master.  Paul has taught project management courses on risk and cost and has been a speaker at numerous life science and project management conferences.


(Wednesday) 8:00 am - 9:00 am ... PST, 4pm in UK

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