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Associate Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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The Associate Director provides guidance to a variety of teams in their research facilities and labs to ensure operations are running smoothly. Craig developed his love for science-fiction as a child into a forward-thinking career in which he looks for innovative technology-based solutions to improve the manufacturing of medicines and vaccines.

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  • Passionate about the possibilities of using technology to improve health is necessary in this role.
  • Flexibility is essential for collaborating with others through video conferencing and other methods.
  • Creative thinking about the future allows new technologies to be integrated into healthcare.
  • Resilience is needed to overcome failures and learn from mistakes.

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“I think technology will play a deeper role in pharmaceutical development going forward than it does today.”
Craig Kaftan

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