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Member Spotlight – Julia Edwards, CASSS Associate Director

Tuesday, May 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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 Julia Edwards. She is currently the Executive Director in Allergan's Global Regulatory CMC organization.

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

A. I have been an Executive Director in Allergan’s Global Regulatory CMC organization for a little over 2 months. I started my career at Genentech, where I worked for 14 years prior to my move to the East Coast. While I was in Massachusetts, I worked at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Biogen while pursuing my MBA from the Wharton School.

Q. What was your motivation to volunteer with CASSS?

A. I’ve been a CASSS member since 2005. My motivation for joining CASSS was initially a desire to develop my knowledge base in the area of biopharmaceutical regulation. Since, I’ve maintained active involvement in the organization because the organization is now an integral part of my community. Given recent career changes and challenges, CASSS provided me with an element of career consistency and support given the close relationships I’ve developed with other members.

Q. What's your hometown?

A. I was born and raised in Minnesota, but my hometown will always be San Francisco, CA.

Q. Where did you grow up?

A. I moved around quite a bit as a kid. My father is a manufacturing and operations leader. Due to the nature of his career path, we relocated several times between Minnesota and California.

Q. What do you do to relax?

A. More than anything else, I love spending time with my two children, Jackson (12) and Abigail (9). Not always relaxing, but always fulfilling.

Q. Do you have any hobbies?

A. Since I’ve been in business school the past two years, I haven’t had much time for hobbies. I enjoy yoga and am actually a certified yoga instructor.

Q. What's your favorite type of food?

A. My favorite food is the food I cook myself. As a chemical engineer not working in the lab anymore, the kitchen is my laboratory of choice.

Q. Do you speak any languages besides English?

A. I speak some Spanish and have spent some time learning German. I can capabably order food and drinks in both, but to say I speak them is a stretch.

Q. Do you have any children? Pets?

A. In addition to my kids, I have two cats, Olaf and Josephine. We got Olaf at the height of the Frozen movie epidemic, he’s very white, fluffy, and likes warm hugs. Josephine is a kitten and keeps us all on our toes.

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

A. I’ve been having fun acquainting my kids with the classics from my childhood – Back to the Future, The Goonies, and Indiana Jones are current family favorites. When it comes to reading, I’m a diehard sci-fi/fantasy fan.

Q. What's your favorite singer or band?

A. I went to high school in the '90s, so grunge alternative rock is near and dear to my heart. However, I can also admit I have a sweet spot for trendy pop music. I just took the kids to see the Chainsmokers in concert, and it was more awesome than I was expecting.

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. Unfortunately only politicians are coming immediately to mind right now, so I won’t mention anyone famous. But I will say, I’ve recently lost three of my four grandparents. I would like tell them I love them one last time.

Q. What's your favorite quote?

A. Carpe Diem, YOLO, live fearlessly, change is good… not necessarily quotes, but you get the point.

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