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Member Spotlight: Harold Taylor

Wednesday, May 27, 2020   (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.

The Member Spotlight is an ongoing Q&A series focused on getting to know the CASSS community. Today’s spotlight shines on
Harold Taylor, Head of Analytics / Biotechnology at Merz Pharmaceutical GmbH.

Q. What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?
Volunteer? Stefanie bullied me into it… No, I jumped at the chance. I love the idea of giving back to the community. It has given me so much.

Q. What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy reading, cooking and being a nerd.

Q. What's your favorite type of food or special dish you cook? Why?
I like to try out different cuisines but when it comes to “joy food” Italian is my favorite

Q. What is your favorite movie, tv show, music or book?
The Big Bang Theory and the Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Q. What famous person (dead or alive) would you choose to have dinner with?  Why?
Jamie Oliver the cook, author and television chef who, in addition to being a famous cook, is the top seller of non-fiction books in the English language. And, last but not least, dinner is guaranteed to be delicious.

Q. What’s your favorite travel experience?    
Venice, Italy. It is breath-takingly beautiful with a morbid charm and fairly reeks of its former power having ruled the Mediterranean for nearly a thousand years. Riding a vaporetto along the Canale Grande followed by a cappuccino on one of the piazzas is a must.

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?     
Nothing, I am an open book… ;-)

Q. How did you get inspired to go into science/biotech/pharma industry?    
As a little boy, I was fascinated by fire, fireworks and the Apollo moon missions. Of course, I had to build my own fireworks and wanted to understand why one experiment had more boom than the other. This led to chemistry and, much later, via bioluminescence to biochemistry. A chance encounter while looking for a post-doc position brought me to my current employers. They were just establishing a biotechnology department and needed a jack-of-all-trades to ease the growing pains. I had found my niche in professional life: trouble-shooting anything and everything as needed.

Q. If you did anything other than your current occupation, what would it be?    
I have no idea – I have so many different occupations now.


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