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Member Spotlight – Michelle Frazier, PhD, CASSS Associate Director

Wednesday, March 22, 2017  
Posted by: Jeanne Marie Tokunaga
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This Q&A is part of an ongoing CASSS series where we invite members to meet other members of the CASSS community.

This time, we turn our Member Spotlight on CASSS Associate Director Michelle Frazier. She is currently Vice President Regulatory Affairs for Coherus BioSciences.

Q. How long have you been with your current organization and/or in your current position?

A. I have been at Coherus since November 2016

Q. What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?

A. I first became involved in CASSS when I was a reviewer at FDA, where I was initially involved in the CE Pharm meeting.  Since then, I have served on the WCBP Organizing Committee and helped to co-found the Mid-West Discussion Group.  Now that I am in the Bay Area, I will continue to support the Bay Area Discussion Group as well as WCBP.  The great thing about these discussion groups is that we bring a WCBP-lite to the next generation of professionals who might not be able to travel to a big meeting like WCBP.

I have enjoyed the many years I have volunteered with CASSS.  I think the mission statement and value proposition say it all:  we bring together professionals from all over the world to solve problems and advance the development of biopharmaceuticals in creative and thought-provoking ways so that our patients have timely access to the medicines they need.  We strive to educate each other and our global community.  In my opinion, no other organization in our field has been as successful at doing this than CASSS!

Q. What's your hometown?

A. I was born in Portland, Oregon.

I grew up in Richland, Washington.  Richland is located in southeastern Washington, in the Columbia Valley, and is a fantastic wine region. 

Q. What do you do to relax?

A. I enjoy spending time outside enjoying nature - walking my dogs, hiking, biking, etc.  I also enjoy wine tasting and cooking.

Q.  Do you have any hobbies?

A. Although still relatively new to the sport, I am an avid cyclist.  Most weekends – weather permitting – I am out on the road enjoying the beautiful Northern California scenery.  This year I am training for a gran fondo race at the end of September.

Q.  What's your favorite type of food? 

A. The more appropriate question would be what food don’t I like!  I love to cook and am always exploring different types of food.  This spring I am traveling to Israel and hope to learn many new recipes, courtesy of my boyfriend’s sister, who is a phenomenal cook! 

Q.  Do you speak any languages besides English?

A. I wish!  I hope to learn some Hebrew before I actually go to Israel this spring.

Q.  Do you have any children?

A. I have three grown children – Nick, Zach and Kaitlyn.  I also have two little dogs, Guiness and Bailey (I guess you see the theme here).

Q.  What was the last movie you saw in the theater, or book you read, and loved? 

A. I just saw La La Land (en route to Germany) and really enjoyed it.  I am also working on the book “Sisters in Law”, which is about Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Q.  What's your favorite singer or band? 

A. I don’t have a favorite singer or band – however, my favorite song is “Here Comes the Sun,”when sung and played by my very musically talented children!

Q.  If you could meet any famous person or historical figure, who would it be and what would you ask or tell him or her?

A. I would love to meet many of the famous women – Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Madame Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, Mother Theresa, etc. that have worked so hard to advance science, civil rights and equality for all. I would like to tell them thank you for all of your contributions. You have fought the good fights and in doing so have changed the world for the better!

Q.  What's your favorite quote?

A. I have a few, these two are top on my list:

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." – Leonardo da Vinci

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." – Alexander Graham Bell

 


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