A Mathematical Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:50am - 12:30pm
Hyoseop Lee (Encored Technologies), Andrew Stein (Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research )
This talk will begin with an overview of my career path as an engineer who became a mathematician and then joined a pharmaceutical company where I support drug candidate selection, dose optimization, and clinical trial design. There will be a brief overview of the drug industry, a discussion of tradeoffs between academia and industry, and a case study where a mathematical model was used to help identify the optimal dose of Afinitor in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. The talk will conclude with a historical example from NASA demonstrating the importance of good communication and guidelines for how to communicate effectively in industry.