Career Conversations: Pharmaceutical Careers

October 21


This event is open to NYU Students, Faculty and Staff.

Hear a panel of pharmaceutical professionals and NYU GPH alumni share insights into various types of career trajectories. Panelists will discuss their career trajectories, including how they transitioned into the field, the skills needed to be successful, and what advice they would share with graduate students looking to launch a career in their industry. Following the panel, there will be time for Q&A.


 Alyson (Aly) Urniasz-Lippel | Director of Medical Capabilities at Novartis Pharmaceuticals 
Aly Lippel is a Director of Medical Capabilities and the previous lead for the US Oncology Integrated Patient-Centric Medical Team for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Alyson believes in finding ways to optimize the patient trial journey, patient experiences, and medical engagement strategies to accelerate access to innovations that improve outcomes beyond efficacy & safety endpoints for all patients. She continues her quest to elicit the patient voice in the culture, strategy and development of oncology compounds. Alyson holds a BS in Neuroscience & Psychology from the University of Scranton and an MA in Bioethics from NYU.

→ DeRonn Kidd | Advisor, Health Services Strategy at CVS Health
DeRonn Kidd is a dynamic healthcare leader with robust experience with entities across the private, public, and social sectors. His background touts extensive knowledge and demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship and a broad range of population health and preventative medicine issues across the local, state, national, and international levels. With a passion for transforming healthcare delivery to better serve patient needs and improve health outcomes, he is known for his ability to consistently lead innovative business development and process improvement solutions that produce long-term performance enhancement, increased revenue, and sustainable savings by leveraging and influencing the skills and expertise of project teams, client staff, and client leadership. DeRonn holds an MPH from NYU and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

→ Jessica Swartz | Vaccines and Hospital Strategy Lead at Pfizer
Jessica Swartz is a biopharmaceutical professional with expertise in strategy, commercial development and business development. She currently leads the Strategy & Execution team for Pfizer’s Vaccines and Hospital business units. Prior roles include VP of BD & Operations for Regenovation; strategy and competitive intelligence roles for Pfizer’s Essential Health business and Neuroscience research unit; and Engagement Manager at IMS Consulting Group specializing in market intelligence. Jessica serves on NYU’s Board of Trustees, co-Chairing the Academic Affairs committee, and sits on the Advisory Board of NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

→ Jennifer (Jenny) Petersen Product Development Personalized Healthcare, Digital Health Technologies at Genentech
Jenny Petersen collaborates with scientists from other fields, patients, regulators, and economists to develop new drug and digital interventions that change lives. Over the last 10 years Jenny has worked as a member of multinational teams based in the US, China, and Europe to develop new medical technologies, and collect meaningful scientific evidence for those products to empower patients, payers and regulators in their medical decision making. Jenny holds an MPH from NYU.

→ Mehnaz Bader Senior Research Analyst at Ipsos Healthcare
Mehnaz Bader holds an MPH from NYU and a BA in Public Health from the University of  Maryland. Before joining Ipsos Healthcare, she worked as Medical & Safety Graduate Research Associate at Pfizer.


☛ Please Note:

- This event is tailored for GPH Graduate Students but GPH Undergraduate Students are welcome to attend as well!
- Unfortunately, we are unable to record this event but we will share the key takeaways for students who aren't able to attend. 

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