Recorded during the 2019 World Orphan Drug Congress, this episode brings together Amy McKee and Mo Heidaran who both recently joined PAREXEL from the FDA, as well as Zizi Imatorbhebhe, an expert in rare disease drug development. Amy, Mo and Zizi discuss how the industry can work to deliver more innovative treatments for rare disease patients and the reality of working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the first segment, the experts share their insights working with the rare disease/orphan drug community, including patients, physicians, regulators and patient advocacy groups. Next, they focus on FDA’s recent leadership change and tackle some common misconceptions about working with the Agency.
In our inaugural podcast, Siri Chilazi, a gender equality expert and Harvard Kennedy School Research Fellow, speaks with female leaders from PAREXEL - Dr. Kemi Olugemo, Dr. Ubavka DeNoble, Aida Sabo, and Peyton Howell - in celebration of International Women’s Day. They discuss what it means to be a female leader in a STEM field and what challenges they have faced throughout their journeys, with the hope that their stories and lessons learned will inspire other young women currently rising through the ranks. They also dive into how their experiences at PAREXEL have influenced their leadership, and what the 2019 International Women’s Day motto of “Balance for Better” means to them.