We celebrate the contributions, achievements, and engagement of our alumni. We invite you to learn more about members of our Badger pharmacy family through the alumni spotlight.
How do we contribute the gifts we are given to do the most good in the world around us? While most alumni of the School of Pharmacy act on our passion to help patients access the medicines that they need with maximum safety, a subset of alumni from the BS Pharmacology and Toxicology and PhD Pharmaceutical Science programs offer our skills to the field far from the patients, in the laboratory. My experience in both the BS Pharm/Tox and PhD Pharm Sci programs has given me excellent tools to succeed from the laboratory to contribute my gifts and privileges to do my own version of "the most good" in the non-profit pharmaceutical development sector.
Prof. Kao, my labmates, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and a number of excellent collaborators at UW Hospital made excellent progress and learned some important lessons in developing a drug-eluting wound care medical device from a university laboratory from 2005 to 2011. We found that the process and cost of bringing a product from the lab to a first-in-human study has expanded so much as to be nearly out of the range of feasibility for all but the most promising products and business plans in any given university... unless you have a full pharmaceutical development staff base. My career since graduating in 2011 has certainly been an exploration and vindication of those findings. I have learned some key differences in how medical products are developed in for-profit and non-profit contexts that could be prescriptive for further addressing unmet needs in medicine. The product design considerations for addressing pathologies that disproportionately impact the developing world are more challenging, more restrictive, far more costly, and take much longer to develop.
The PAA is giving me the opportunity to reconnect with alumni of the BS Pharm/Tox and PhD Pharmaceutical Science programs and the existing network at the SOP. These two programs produce alumni with enormous professional breadth. I aim to explore opportunities by which our breadth can be a strength in helping to make UW-Madison's SOP network especially strong and professionally useful for addressing our current and future challenges in medicine, toxicology, or anything else that you landed on. My short term goal is to build on the networking systems and events that we employ at the SOP and the PAA to bring more of our alumni into the conversation from the two smaller SOP programs.
Pharm/Tox and Pharm Sci grads, I want to you know how you might find your UW-Madison SOP alumni network most useful and how you'd like to engage. Job connections? Research connections? Or maybe you just really need to grab a coffee with somebody who understands your specific professional struggles? Please let us know!