Biopharma Research

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Marielena
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The few, the proud, the Smurfettes of Science

It happened again.  Here I was at a scientific gathering in Bethesda to discuss my favorite topic.  The brightest names in the field were present, ready to share their knowledge, wisdom and innovations.  As I looked around the room, it was clear that I was in the minority. Here I was,...


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Marielena
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Who’s the Boss?

This blog is dedicated to that most influential person in the life of any professional; one’s direct supervisor.   Let me start by saying that my boss, who I will call the “Big Boss,” is absolutely the most wonderful boss EVER! (Hey, you never know when Big Boss will decide to G...


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Maida
Taylor

Why you did not get that job - Part II

I just came across a piece on healthecareers talking about the personal flaws that turn hiring managers against a particular candidate.  http://www.healthecareers.com/article/top-5-personal-reasons-you-didnt-land-the-job/170890


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Maida
Taylor

Playing Well with Others: Can an MD find happiness in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

In 1961, the medical sociologist Anselm Strauss published his seminal study, “The Boys in White,” about how the treatment of medical students affects their characters and behaviors.


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Marielena
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The story of Smurfette

As I sit here trying to figure out what to say, I keep asking myself: Who am I? There are so many ways to define myself.  The demographic answer would be Hispanic female in her late 30s (very late), professional, married with 3 children.  I’m sure the census would be happy with that answ...


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Marielena
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Careers in Pharma: the Smurfette perspective

Just recently, I have started to read some blogs (Yes, I know, I’m a little behind the times) about random science topics and in particular about women scientists in academia (I didn’t find any written by women in Industry).  I have also been thinking of how I would like to do a blog. ...


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Marielena
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Teamwork Part 2: Seven Blind Mice and Matrix Organizations

One of my favorite children’s books is “Seven Blind Mice.”  This book retells the ancient Indian tale of seven blind men who try to decide what an elephant is like based on examining one part of it. In this book, it is seven blind mice that examine the elephant; six of them draw incorrect...


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Marielena
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The Summit or How to Develop the Courage to Think BIG

This blog is about thinking BIG.   I hosted “The Summit” and you might ask, what is the Summit? The Summit was my BIG thought.  Let me explain…Last year I got involved in one of those “Corporate feel good” teams, tasked with the job of bringing innovation into our corporate ...


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Maida
Taylor

Drug Discovery, Research and Development

I was at dinner with a former colleague, discussing new business opportunities.  During the course of the conversation, it became apparent that the complexities of drug research and development are not understood in many quarters.  We were discussing a new potential drug.  Without rev...


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Maida
Taylor

Vapid but Vital: Vaccination

Last  month, my closest friend called repeatedly about her daughter (who I will call “Karen”) who is pregnant with her third child.  This young mother-to-be developed a febrile illness, with a deep productive cough and myalgias, fatigue, headache, and chills, the classic presentation f...