My training is in drug transporters and pharmacokinetics, but I wanted to increase the breadth of my knowledge to get a more complete understanding of how drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted in the body. Therefore, to complement my background, I started my career at Genentech in 2009 in the department of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics in the in vitro metabolism group. Here, I not only worked with existing in vitro assays, but developed novel assays and approaches to support programs.
After gaining valuable experience to achieve a more comprehensive insight into how the body processes drugs, my role transitioned to become a member of various multi-disciplinary teams focused on driving programs in different stages of R&D. I have been fortunate to work with numerous teams to identify clinical candidates in the preclinical stage and to follow their progression in the clinic.
My job focuses on how to best contextualize in vitro data with in vivo exposures to discern which parameter(s) influence the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion for a particular drug, with the ultimate goal of augmenting knowledge around human pharmacokinetics and potential for clinical drug interactions. The enhanced understanding of the pharmacokinetic characteristics of a drug can be integrated with endeavors from other functional areas such as biology and safety to enable better informed decision-making, which allows teams to effectively navigate through R&D.