Senior Scientist, Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences (SMPS), Genentech
Secret to success? The mentors who challenged and provided me with unique opportunities, such as Pascal Mottier at the Nestle Research Center, Davy Guillarme and Jean-Luc Veuthey at the University of Geneva and my current mentor, Kelly Zhang at the Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences (SMPS) organization of Genentech.
Predictions? The development and application of multi-dimensional liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (mD-LC-MS) methods to solve unmet characterization needs for complex drug modalities and sample matrices.
Controversial opinion? The pharmaceutical field is quickly evolving and a variety of drug modalities and delivery systems are now being investigated. However, the application of analytical chemistry to solve diverse real world challenges may not be valued as much as fundamental studies. Industrial partners are often underrepresented in journal editorial boards and conference scientific committees, which may create a disconnect between fundamental and applied research. For example, liquid chromatography plays an essential role to support quality control in the industry while exploratory techniques such as mass spectrometry are given more importance in academia.
Advice? Stay focused, keep being curious, and consider challenges as an opportunity to learn and make a difference.