Current position and responsibilities: I’m a visiting scientist fellow for Pharmaceutical Project Management with Eli Lilly and Company. In this position, I partner and establish communication with a cross-functional team (Clinical, Chemistry/Manufacturing/Control, Toxicology, ADME, Regulatory, Health Outcomes, Legal, Discovery and Marketing) to coordinate creation of an integrated drug development plan and impact drug development strategy as it relates to the project timeline, scope, budget and risk.
Major project/achievement of the past year: Making the transition from college and starting new chapters in my life. I am currently planning a wedding, started a new job, moved to a new place downtown, and am working on a side business project, IndySphere, with other Butler grads. I am learning a lot in my new roles and enjoying every minute of it.
Why did you choose pharmacy as your career: Initially, I wanted to learn more about the science behind medicine. I came out of pharmacy school wanting to work on improving patient care. While I am not seeing patients in my main profession, I am working to develop drugs that could impact the lives of patients many years into the future. To me, this is very exciting. The technology to create new compounds for patients is truly incredible and is ever improving. I feel quite fortunate to be on the forefront of this technology.
How did Butler prepare you for your career: Butler allowed me to think differently and provided various opportunities to grow as a pharmacist and business professional. Even though I went through two different colleges (COPHS and COB) to get my degrees, the philosophy of The Butler Way was prevalent in the way the courses were taught and how professors influenced the students. Upon leaving Butler, I felt very confident that I had learned the appropriate skills to excel in my career and seek unique opportunities to help make a difference.
Most memorable experience(s) at Butler: Hands down, the Butler Bulldogs being in the Final Four twice was my most memorable experience. While it was great to see the basketball team succeed, what really stood out in my mind was the spirit of everyone on campus and around the country. Campus was teeming with excitement and support from the city. The support even stretched across the country. Soon after the Final Four in 2010, I was in California on vacation with my fiancée. Someone had asked where we were traveling from and we said Indianapolis, which then surprisingly prompted them to ask if we went to Butler. After telling them yes, the individuals went on and on about how excited they were about the Bulldogs in the championship and how they were rooting for us the whole way. It was a proud moment to be a Bulldog.