The IPhO Podcast
Episode 6 - Aleksey Gitelson, PharmD Incoming Global Patient Safety Fellow UCB/IPhO

Episode 6 - Aleksey Gitelson, PharmD Incoming Global Patient Safety Fellow UCB/IPhO

June 30, 2021

Aleksey, an incoming UCB/IPhO fellow and Class of 2021 graduate of Wilkes University, joins us for IPhO Podcast episode six.

 

As a student, Aleksey was looking for more information about Midyear, fellowship recruitment, and general advice on starting out in industry as a pharmacist. He reached out to our IPhO podcast team with the goal of creating a second monthly episode offering tips and advice for students—and the rest is history in the making! 

 

Aleksey will join as our newest podcast host later this summer with his very first episode. And in the meantime, tune in to episode six to learn more about what's to come from Aleksey, hot topics in industry today, and more!

Episode 5 - Nicolas James, PharmD, MBA and Sona Patel, PharmD

Episode 5 - Nicolas James, PharmD, MBA and Sona Patel, PharmD

May 27, 2021

Nick and Sona are natural-born leaders. Not only are they excelling in their respective fellowship programs—Nick is the UCB/IPhO Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow and Sona is the RevHealth/IPhO Pharmaceutical Advertising Fellow—but they also served as co-chiefs for the National Fellows Council (NFC) during the 2020-2021 term.

 

Sona got her start with an industry internship by applying to nearly 100 (yes, really!) companies to find her best fit. Nick took an active role in his school's IPhO chapter and established long-lasting industry connections with mentors. Their determination and willingness to put in the work required to stand out have not gone unnoticed.  

 

All that said: one of their key takeaways is simple. Don't feel like you need to stretch yourself too thin. Find what you're passionate about and make it better. Make a change and an impact on whatever you choose to spend your time doing, and you will be better for it.

Episode 4 - Ralu Vlad, VP, Development Team Lead at BMS

Episode 4 - Ralu Vlad, VP, Development Team Lead at BMS

April 29, 2021

Ralu Vlad is a risk taker. Throughout her successful career, she's made various transitions that have pushed her outside her comfort zone. Her philosophy? She says, "there are things that I can control; there are things I cannot; but I am willing to try. And I am willing to be uncomfortable, because it's going to make me a better leader, person, team player, mom, and partner."

 

Plus, she candidly shares how she manages to balance her career with being present for her young family. Hint: some days are better than others! Some days, it's easy to have it "all together," and other days—not so much. But take each day as it comes, constantly re-evaluate and re-balance, and know the value of "quality over quantity" in all areas of life.

 

Listen in as Ralu shares her story and offers her advice to those considering taking their own career risk.

Episode 3 - Gerald Finken, CEO of RXE2, LLC

Episode 3 - Gerald Finken, CEO of RXE2, LLC

March 31, 2021

Gerald Finken, the founder of RxE2 and E2 services explains how he is using an efficient clinical supply chain process to deliver affordable, effective, and quality services. Gerald is following this one simple rule of disruptive innovation to improve patient centered care. He says, “Believe in your idea, have faith, and don’t go against collective knowledge” to be successful in any area of your life. Check out his idea behind the simple foundation of incorporating pharmacy practice in clinical research and how simplifying this leads to innovation and approval of new medications at an accelerated rate. He believes in showcasing dispensing methodology while improving quality and states, “RXE2 is pharmacy for everyone, everywhere.” His contagious positivity and diverse experiences are the perfect storm for business minded pharmacists to try a new venture.

Episode 2 - James Rawls, Vice President, Head, Global Regulatory Affairs at Sunovion

Episode 2 - James Rawls, Vice President, Head, Global Regulatory Affairs at Sunovion

February 25, 2021

In this episode, you'll meet James Rawls, PharmD, Vice President and Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. James shares his incredible story of growth within Regulatory Affairs and—importantly—how he sees the diversity and inclusion landscape evolving in the pharmaceutical industry.

What can companies do now to promote and support equal opportunity and access for all? What can industry pharmacists do to propel change? And how does James compare his Blackjack strategy to his career decisions? Get answers to these questions and more by listening in!

Episode 1 - James Alexander, Executive Director and Founder, IPhO

Episode 1 - James Alexander, Executive Director and Founder, IPhO

January 26, 2021

In this first episode of the IPhO Podcast, Sergio and Alex share a bit about themselves and what they're looking to accomplish with this new show.

 

Plus, you'll get a chance to hear from the executive director and founder of Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO), Jim Alexander, PharmD. Jim started his 15-year journey in the pharmaceutical industry at the University of Nebraska, where he earned his PharmD. Listen to his story of becoming Vice President, Corporate Development and Licensing for Pfizer and Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis before becoming the first Director of the Rutgers Institute for Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships. Find out how Dr. Alexander helped place more than 400 PharmDs in the pharmaceutical/biopharma industry for over 10 years and what led him to create IPhO!

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Teaser!

January 9, 2021

The Industry Pharmacists Organization is proud to present our very first podcast. Tune in to find out what we have in store!

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