Group Lead, Drug Product Manufacturing
My Story at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services
Why did you choose to work at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services?
As a CDMO, Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma provides a full spectrum of services to many different clients. The variety of the job was appealing. I’ve now been here for 5 years and have been able to wear many hats.
What has been your career path here?
Coming in, I wanted to absorb as much knowledge and experience from the leaders of this company. In a short amount of time, I have taken on projects that have provided me with exposure to many different groups and topics including manufacturing, engineering, validation, formulations, project management, quality control, and technical writing.
What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
The impact I have on patients that are in need of these drug products is definitely rewarding. I take pride when I go home after work knowing I have helped a patient with their condition.
What is special about the culture at Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services?
The culture here is team-based and encourages employee participation across all levels. The departments are reliant on one another. Witnessing the teamwork in action is amazing to see!
What have you gained from working here?
I have learned to prioritize projects with strict deadlines and to be able to work with a wide variety of people. Given the opportunity to install, validate, and be the SME on the new Optima 7000 fill machine was a huge opportunity for me and came as a bit of a shock at first when I considered just how much had to be done in a short period of time. However, assessing the project and delegating the work to the team has now become second nature.
What advice would you give to recent new hires?
Take your time and don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
What is your favorite part about working here?
The people. You spend a 1/3 of your day at work and end up getting to know your peers really well. Over the last 5 years, I have met some amazing people I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise and some have even become lifelong friends!
How do you help impact Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services mission and vision?
My department has a direct impact on the Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services’ mission to improve the health of humankind. Knowing this provides me with a sense of pride in my job every day.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Sailing. 3 years ago, I decided to take a certified sailing class and haven’t looked back. I enjoy working on my boat “Happy Jess” and sailing her all around San Diego.