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Member Spotlight: Nomalie Jaya

Tuesday, June 23, 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
Nomalie Jaya, Director, Product Quality at Seattle Genetics, Inc

Q. What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?
The first CASSS meeting I attended was CE Pharm. I was very impressed with the caliber of presentations, discussions and network opportunities with industry, health authority and vendor participants. I loved the camaraderie of the CE Pharm community and the desire for sharing knowledge and helping each other solve problems. The energy and enthusiasm of all the committee members, staff and the participant community was very infectious. I have been volunteering for CASSS since then as part of the planning committee for Northern California Regional Forum, CE Pharm and more recently the CMC Strategy Forum.

Q. What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy physical activity (i.e. working out, going for a good run or a hike) and trying out new recipes. I find cooking to be very relaxing specially when I am creating my own recipes!

Q. What's your favorite type of food or special dish you cook? Why?
I love baking. My end-results never looks as pretty as the picture, but it tastes good!

Q. What is your favorite movie, tv show, music or book?
Princess Bride is a classic. Hard to name a favorite book, there are so many good ones.

Q. What famous person (dead or alive) would you choose to have dinner with? Why?
Right now, I am reading Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. I would love to chat with her and hear more about her story. She highlights the importance of knowing and understanding the story in each of us. This advice has resonated with me as we live through these historic times of a global pandemic and learning to cope with a new reality. We will each experience this in a unique way and it helps to write it down in our own words because we each have a story to tell.

Q. What’s your favorite travel experience?
New Zealand. Amazing country with tons of fantastic outdoor adventures.

Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I spent two years in the Peace Corps in Morocco as a Health and Sanitation volunteer. I wasn’t sure I could make it through the entire two years, but I did and learnt a lot about my self in the process. I recommend it to anyone who is contemplating taking on the challenge.

Q. How did you get inspired to go into science/biotech/pharma industry?
As a child I remember my mother studying first for her Master’s and then her PhD in horticulture. She was a strong influence in my life to pursue science and I am glad I did!

Q. If you did anything other than your current occupation, what would it be?
I would like to have been a physician and work for doctors without borders.

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