Continuing Education for a Velesco Scientist
I have been a leading scientist and project manager for quite a few years here at Velesco. Last year, I was looking for ways to formalize my project management skills in order to improve the flow of projects so I enrolled in an online Graduate Certificate program through the University of Washington. Last month, I completed the certificate in Project Management for Biotech/Pharma.
Over the past year with this program, I have been working on formalizing my project management skills, including formal risk analysis, project charters, etc. I have also learned in depth about more portions of the drug development process than the sliver in which I am involved. This formal training is helping me manage projects more efficiently and with a broader mind towards the future of a project. And, since we are a small business, it is quite easy to share my knowledge with my Velesco colleagues
At Velesco, your lead scientist is your project manager, and I think that makes us fairly unique. I may not physically perform all the experiments, but I have handled the compound extensively and act as my clients’ eyes and hands in the lab.
Since completing my certificate program, I’ve decided to pursue becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I think it will help our clients to know that a professional who understands pharmaceutical risk management, budget, timelines, and scope is taking the lead on their project. And, it is never a bad idea to have more letters behind your name!