Let us introduce you to some of the people who make Alkermes an exciting and satisfying place to work.
I began working at the Athlone site as a Bioanalytical Laboratory Section Head and Study Director in 1996 after working in a UK CRO for 3 years. During my 15 years at the company, I have been afforded great opportunities for both career and personal development – working for seven years within the Bioanalytical team and a further five within the Learning and Development Function. Supported by the organization, I completed my MBA in 2007 and I am now working in Project Management where I support partner and internal development projects. I enjoy the challenges my role provides me as well as the interaction I have with colleagues to ensure we deliver on our commitments to our partners and ultimately to the patient.
I joined the company in December 2000 as part of the R&D group and transitioned to the Operations group in 2002. In my time working here, I have witnessed much change within the business and watched it mature and expand over time. The company has afforded me many opportunities to grow and develop from both a professional and academic perspective. Each day brings a new challenge which allows for an exciting work environment. I look forward to seeing the company continue to expand and become a truly international company with exciting new growth prospects for the merged Elan Drug Technologies and Alkermes business.
Working at Alkermes has defined my career and allowed for personal growth in ways I could not have imagined when I walked through the door twelve years ago. I came to Alkermes as a clinical research associate and had the opportunity to work on several exciting and innovating clinical programs. These experiences ignited my interest in learning about the regulatory structures of our industry and Alkermes supported my desire to continue my formal education, including earning my law degree. I now practice law as a member of Alkermes’ legal group focusing on corporate governance, clinical development and employment law. Through the years, I have had the opportunity to work on various projects, with various people and on various challenges throughout the organization. However, the supportive environment, quest for learning and embracement of innovation has remained the same and that is what makes it exciting and fulfilling to walk through Alkermes’ door each morning.
I joined the company in 2002, having come from a technical transfer background in the electronics and medical device industries. Over the last 10 years I have worked on many exciting projects and technologies in a number of roles including tech transfer, scale up and product development. At present, I lead project teams that are tasked with the development and transfer of internal products, innovative drug delivery technologies and client based contract manufacturing and development projects. I really enjoy the huge variety of technical and business challenges these projects present and the superb, focused people I get to work with, who continually push not just to overcome these challenges, but to excel. Most of all, I am proud that we contribute to improving people’s lives around the world through the products we develop and manufacture.
Joining the Gainesville facility in 1991 was one of the best decisions I ever made. Starting as a Manufacturing Operator I worked my way up to Utilities Supervisor for Maintenance – the position I have held since 2002. Every day here brings a new and interesting challenge. The variety of projects I have had the opportunity to tackle has meant no two days are alike here. Some opportunities that I have enjoyed in my current position are: facilitating the design, installation and validation of new equipment, implementing new preventive maintenance programs and collaborating on or spearheading energy and cost-saving projects. My troubleshooting skills are tested daily, and brainstorming for solutions of all kinds is especially fun. Facilities/ Maintenance are a great group of people. Each of us has a unique and valuable set of talents. We work well together and help each other whenever possible. I am proud of what we accomplished as part of Elan Drug Technologies and the Gainesville site and know our track-record of success will continue as part of Alkermes. There is an obvious cultural compatibility between the old EDT and Alkermes, and I feel that this combination will take us as individuals and as a company much further than we could have gone otherwise.
I joined the company in January 2004, after working as a formulations scientist with ICI/Zeneca for ten years. Over the last eight years my role has evolved significantly. Initially I worked as a scientist with responsibility for the transfer and development of the NanoCrystal® technology capability, which later included utilizing the Oral Controlled Release technology platforms. Currently, I lead the Early Stage Product Development group in Athlone, whose function is to develop various formulation prototypes from concept through to phase 1/2 clinical studies. This role is diverse and challenging, encompassing people and project management, developing external partner relationships and managing the GMP facilities on site in order to develop new drug technology capabilities. With the company's support, I am currently studying for a combined Degree and Masters in Industrial pharmacy through the PIAT programme in Manchester University. Working in this organization has given me the opportunity to work with like-minded, driven individuals who have a common goal to develop medications which ultimately may improve people’s lives.
I joined Alkermes with 14 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and have found Alkermes to be very challenging and rewarding. In my role as a Commercial Filling manager, I ensure that all manufacturing systems, processes, equipment, and final products meet or exceed regulatory requirements. As a manager, I work hands-on, meaning I involve all the operators in group decision making, help on the floor when an extra pair of hands is needed, and ensure the production schedules are met. My success is measured by the great pride each of my operators takes in their work and it shows in their unprecedented metrics and accomplishments.
I joined Alkermes with over seven years of leadership experience from the Navy. I had decided it was time to change my field; however, I wanted to remain in a leadership position and Alkermes provided me that opportunity. I am currently a manager of a team in the Manufacturing Department with the responsibility for formulation of VIVITROL® and production of several polymer products. I also work with many other departments to ensure that we continue to make high quality products with the best business and technology systems available. My goal and motivation is to provide hands-on leadership for my team, have a technical understanding of the process and systems, and continue to make the products that allow Alkermes to excel. I take pride that my role allows us to provide medicines to our partners and customers and could ultimately improve patients’ lives.
I joined Alkermes in January of 2006 as part of Alkermes’ first Commercial Team supporting VIVITROL®. I started in the field as a Manager of Market Development, then moved into Marketing to focus on publications and national conference planning, and am now part of our Public Policy Team. The past several years have been an incredible and perhaps humbling journey, as addiction is a truly devastating and difficult disease. In each of the roles I have had at Alkermes, I have stretched myself, and have been stretched by the challenges that have pressed me beyond my comfort zone. Undoubtedly, my skills have strengthened along the way. As part of our Public Policy Team, I work with state leaders to increase access to VIVITROL for the many individuals and families who struggle daily with opioid or alcohol dependence. The work we do with VIVITROL is leading to fundamental changes in how people with opioid and alcohol dependence are treated, and how state systems render treatment. We are currently working on new models of reintegration for offenders leaving correctional facilities and transitioning back into their communities, working to break their cycle of relapse and to help develop paths of treatment and recovery. This work is exciting, incredibly meaningful and truly paradigm-shifting. I feel extremely fortunate to work for a company that supports this work and is as passionate and driven to make a difference as I am.
I have been a Quality Control Supervisor at the Gainesville facility since April 2011, prior to which I was a lab analyst for five years. What I like most about my work environment is our ability to meet work demands while maintaining an informal and friendly department and seeing all the genuine friendships that have developed among my co-workers. One of the things I appreciate most about Alkermes is how willing the company was to preserve the culture at this facility and make the transition from Elan to Alkermes as smooth as possible and ease the common concerns that any employee would have during a merger. They have done a lot to minimize disruptions in our lives and give us a sense of continuity. I am inspired daily not only by my family but also from the satisfaction I get from knowing that I am involved in the production of pharmaceuticals that benefit patients. I have two friends whose children use products we manufacture, and it’s gratifying to see how their medication has helped to improve their daily lives.
I was working at Janssen promoting RISPERDAL® and RISPERDAL® CONSTA® when I heard about an opportunity to join a new team selling VIVITROL®. I don’t know of anyone out there who has not been touched in some way by the powerful grip of addiction through a loved one, friend or family member. I eagerly jumped at the chance to join the team for the launch of VIVITROL in 2006. Working at Alkermes with VIVITROL has been the most challenging job I have ever had, but hearing the patient success stories of recovery through VIVITROL has also made it the most rewarding. I am so proud to be representing Alkermes and VIVITROL on a daily basis. At Alkermes, we truly are saving patients lives.
I have had the privilege of growing in the Pharma Regulatory/Quality arena over the past 19 years, eight of which have been at the Gainesville location, and have enjoyed working alongside dedicated drug delivery and industry experts in my current role as a Senior CMC Regulatory Affairs Manager. In this role, I take great pleasure in collaborations internally as well as with partners on Regulatory/Health Authority needs related to research, development and post-market phases in the U.S., the EU and the rest of the world. I thrive in an environment that motivates and nurtures efforts towards continuous improvement, a commitment to higher quality standards and one that encourages professional respect and integrity. I am looking forward to working within the Alkermes organization as I share the company’s vision and appreciate the culture that rewards a strong work ethic. I am excited to be a part of more great innovations in the pharmaceutical industry!
After completing a Ph.D. program with an emphasis on the neuropsychopharmacology of drug abuse, I continued studying the mechanisms of drug abuse and mood disorders as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School before joining the Life Sciences Research and Development group at Alkermes. I was interested in joining a fast-paced research group at the cutting edge of science. In a seemingly short 5 years, not only have I been able to conduct basic nonclinical research, but I have also had the opportunity to expand my professional expertise by working on therapeutic compounds from conception through preclinical characterization and clinical trials. My contributions to product development teams as well as several departments throughout the organization have been motivating as well as rewarding.
I began working at Alkermes as a chemist in 1995 with 10 years experience in research and development and a BS in Zoology from Miami University. I worked in QC Chemistry for 13 years progressing from technical to management roles. I now work in the Regulatory Affairs department as a Regulatory Specialist and support Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) issues for commercial and development products at the Wilmington, Ohio facility. I help to compile the CMC sections of regulatory submissions and support manufacturing issues for approved products. Working at Alkermes allows me the opportunity to work with a team of highly skilled colleagues who share the goal to help people by developing and manufacturing high quality pharmaceuticals.