"The challenges of drug discovery, the opportunity to work with amazing colleagues, and the rewards of helping patients – what a great job!"
I got my PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Alberta and after a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, I started my industrial career at Bayer. In 2007, I got the opportunity to work in the Discovery Chemistry Department at Genentech and help build a lead identification group as the small molecule effort expanded here. I was attracted to the company’s focus on science and helping patients. Since that time I’ve been able to work on projects throughout the drug discovery process from inception to clinical testing in different therapeutic areas. Every project is unique and the daily challenges of finding that ideal molecule means no two days are ever the same.
Early in my time at Genentech, my focus was on lead identification finding promising chemical series for new biological targets. It’s a fast pace area with lots of different chemistry, assays, and biology where we worked on a number of different collaborations focused on new technologies and novel research areas. I’ve also had the opportunity to lead project teams in the lead optimization space for both immunology and oncology targets as well as leading a project in Early Development on its path through advanced safety testing towards Phase 1 testing in people. I’ve learned a great deal in each of these different areas working alongside great scientists.