Paula Hemdal has over 20+ years of global
pharmaceutical experience (US, Europe and China/Japan) and has worked for
various divisions, such as Clinical Development, Quality Assurance, Human
Resources and Marketing. She has
first-hand leadership experience across all the key areas of Clinical Development,
starting with Investigational Site management and monitoring, protocol writing,
data management and statistics, and leading departments of international Clinical Research Associates, Project
Managers, and Quality Experts. She has
developed training programs for CRAs, Project Managers, Medical Scientific Liaisons, and developed corporate-wide training
programs and learning strategies.
Paula began her biopharmaceutical career while
obtaining her Ph.D. in Psychology Research Design from Adelphi University, in
New York. During her doctorate, Paula
worked for the New York University Medical Center with a team of renowned
Clinical Researchers in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease, Schizophrenia and
Depression. She then moved into
industry, starting with Rhône-Poulenc (now Sanofi), and then Pfizer in New York
City. Wanting to gain more international
experience, Paula moved to Belgium for UCB, to help design and implement their
first global clinical trial. Paula
continued working with UCB in various key roles where she helped develop UCB’s
Quality Assurance Competency and Career Ladder, developed the templates for
Target Product Profile and Clinical Development Plan and a Decision Point and
Milestone Framework, implemented a MSL training program and developed and
implemented corporate-wide GxP training programs. Having experienced 3 major
mergers in her career, Paula provides first-hand experience in change management
and strategy building and developing large-scale re-training programs to ensure
staff acquire the competencies needed in an ever-changing biotech
environment. Switching career goals and expectations
towards “giving back”, Paula is now an enthusiastic and inspiring independent
Freelance Training Facilitator.
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