The path to medicine development leader
Elaine’s vocational background makes her uniquely placed to oversee this multi-layered journey of a medicine. She initially trained as a pharmacist, and began her career with GSK working in sales, then product management, before moving into regulatory affairs.
It was here she built relationships with the agencies who approve medicines, which helped her develop a better understanding of the evidence they need to see in order to grant regulatory approval.
“I sat on project teams and dealt with everybody — the scientists who developed the medicine, worked on the manufacturing and the development of the product. I absolutely adored it.”
But after 18 years in the role, Elaine felt it was time for a new challenge, and the role of medicines development leader seemed tailor-made. A key element of her role is to push the development process forward, overcoming obstacles and asking how things could be done differently.
Her ultimate goal is clear: