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Member Spotlight: Jennifer Chadwick

Wednesday, September 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Member Spotlight Q&A is part of an ongoing CASSS series, in which we invite members to meet other members of the CASSS Community.

This month, we turn our Member Spotlight on Jennifer Chadwick, CASSS volunteer and Vice President of Biologic Development at BioAnalytix.

Q: How long have you been with your current organization and/or position?
I joined BioAnalytix a little over three years ago, transitioning to a business-focused role after a 12-year tenure as Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas, where my research focused on understanding mechanisms of instability and formulation of biologics. Working at BioAnalytix has offered a unique opportunity to utilize my scientific background to both engage in diverse biologic drug development projects with our partners and identify applications of advanced analytics to support strategic development of emerging products. We recently merged with Germany-based Protagen Protein Services, and I’m excited about the next stage of growth with our company and team.

Q: What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?
I got introduced to CASSS years ago by a friend on the HOS committee, who fortuitously invited me to participate in that conference. As a result, I discovered the distinct advantages this community offers - terrific participants and valuable scientific exchange of ideas and information, aligned with practical considerations for biologics development, which was an asset to me as an academic and in my current position. After transitioning to industry, I wanted to get more involved with both increasing academic participation and helping think through some of the challenges we face as an industry undergoing significant change in biologic drug development. From past experience volunteering with leading organizations like CASSS, I also came to appreciate the valuable learning opportunity that comes from working through ideas with experts from different areas across a field or industry and was eager to work with many talented leaders from the biopharma industry and to learn from their professional insights and experience.

Q: Where did you grow up?
I’ve lived in many places in the US, including the Midwest and East and West Coasts, with short but significant stints in Israel and Kenya. I feel most connected to and did a lot of growing up in Chicago, where my family lived in the burbs during my formative years: Walter Payton, Ditka, Da’ Bears and the Super Bowl Shuffle; Jordan basketball; Ferris Bueller & John Hughes movies...

Q: What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?
Traveling and trying new things is always on my list. At home, I love swimming, playing tennis with my husband and am a big fan of exploring Boston, cooking, eating – really anything involving great food, drink and interesting, fun people.

Q: What's your favorite type of food?
Could be almost anything, if done right. I love trying new foods but am about as particular as they come (just ask anyone who knows me!). For me, the enjoyment comes from inspired combinations of flavors (the WOW factor) for a dish, plus authentic atmosphere and conversation to match. After eating a truly magnificent course of fish head, I honestly would eat anything prepared by Tony Maws, the genius chef at Craigie on Main.

Q: Do you speak any languages besides English?
No. I have very little talent for speaking them, but I find the basis of languages interesting and have dabbled in several, including Polish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Greek, ancient Greek, Hebrew, and hieroglyphics. I try to learn some basics when I travel so I can better experience the way people really live, and of course, return home with stories.

Q: Do you have any children? Pets?
I feel very lucky to have a wonderful six-year-old stepson named Jayden. We are very close, and I love that I get to play like a kid again with him. I had two wonderful pets who I still miss, as they were true companions for many years: Otis, a big love of a dog (110-lb Great Dane mix), and Lucky the cat. We are looking forward to Otis II when we finally buy a house.

Q: What’s your favorite type of music?
My favorites are definitely deeply rooted in experiences. I love Opera and polka because my earliest memories are of my maternal grandmother playing them at a bone-absorbing level and would exhaust myself singing and dancing along (smart woman!). Now, I’m spoiled because my husband knows music and immerses us in a diverse spectrum of genres, many of which I love singing and dancing along to.

Q: What was the last movie you saw in the theater or book you read and loved?
I’m kind of a non-fiction junky and am inspired by people who pursue accomplishment their own way, with complete dedication to an idea. I recently read The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success. It was fascinating to read about their assessments of what would determine success in the context of their time and industry and how that led to the different approaches each person took to achieve unprecedented returns.

Q: What famous person do you admire and why?
I find it harder to admire persons I don’t know, but character and actions are key. I value insightful leadership, intelligence, courageousness, respectfulness, integrity, dedication to the greater good and especially those with the rare gift of an incredible sense of humor and perspective that helps lift people up. Jon Stewart, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Dan Rather all quickly come to mind as individuals who have helped positively shape aspects of our common experience.

Q: What’s your favorite destination to travel to?

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?
Most people are surprised by that fact that I earned my Bachelor’s degree in history, religion and philosophy before pursuing my Ph.D. in Chemistry.

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