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  • A day in the life of a project manager

    Ann Field, PhD
    Biopharma Business
    Biopharma Research
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    What is the day-to-day life like for a project manager in the biopharmaceutical industry?  I currently manage five drug projects at different stages of development.  All of the projects that I manage are biologics, meaning that they are derived from living cells and manufacturing typically involves DNA, cells, and enzymes.  In contrast, traditional pharmaceutical drugs are made up of non-living chemicals.  In addition to direct management of the drug projects, I am also involved in organizational initiatives to put new processes in place and make existing processes more efficient.   I have a hectic schedule with a lot of meetings.  For example, yesterday I had an overall project team meeting for a later stage project (Project A), a subteam meeting with the development group to determine next steps (Project A), a meeting with another project ...