Director of Process Development and Tech Transfer
My Story at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services
Why did you choose to work at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services?
The company’s core principles and values are closely aligned with my own. The supportive and collaborative corporate culture engenders a motivating and stimulating working environment.
What has been your career path?
I joined the company as the Director of Process Development and Tech Transfer, and have built-up a group in order to support the company’s business needs.
What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
I enjoy working within our team of dedicated scientists, as we tackle the job of manufacturing treatments based on cutting edge and innovative technologies.
What is special about the culture at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services?
Many companies have mission statements and a defined culture, however Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services actually walks the talk of our stated corporate culture, and this is reflected in both the working environment at the company and also the manner of which we solve problems and engage in value add activities.
What have you gained from working here?
Since joining Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of our industry as a whole, which has been made possible through the unique vantage point we have in supporting so many clients from early-stage clinical through commercial phase.
What advice would you give to recent new hires?
My advice for new hires is the same advice I give to university and graduate students: try to tackle the “hard problems” as these are not only the most challenging and intellectually interesting, but they are the most rewarding when completed.
What is your favorite part about working at Aji Bio-Pharma Services?
My favorite aspect is the growing of our business into new therapeutic areas. My colleagues and I are privileged that we can work with many different clients on a wide variety of projects and technology platforms. The company also empowers us to search out relevant innovative therapeutic modalities and cutting edge technologies for evaluation for potential company growth and diversification.
How do you help impact Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services mission and vision?
My career goals are centered around developing innovative technologies to improve medical treatments available to our society and civilization. Since childhood, this has shaped and influenced my path throughout my education to present. Since my career goals are closely mirrored in the Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services’ Mission and Vision, I am able to achieve both my personal objectives and the company mission simultaneously.
What challenges do you see impacting our industry?
I think one of the biggest challenges is the lack of “easy” targets for new treatments. At this point, most of the lowest hanging fruit has been picked and developing new medicines necessitates a more arduous and demanding path. The silver-lining to this situation is that now the fusion of scientific methods and technological creativity is required for the development of new treatments.