Meet Our Stellar HBA San Diego Advisory Board

HBA San Diego chapter kicked off the formation of its new chapter advisory board on 19 April at a dinner meeting hosted by the chapter executive committee members Michelle Youngers, president and Susan Malecha, vice president. The advisory board will assist the chapter in its strategic direction by providing industry viewpoint and guidance. HBA San Diego's goal is to broaden its visibility and engagement with the area life science industry by leveraging the diversity of its board membership, an invited group of senior executives in the healthcare industry who are willing to support the HBA's mission and chapter's goals for a two-year term. 

Dr. Malecha expressed the board’s appreciation: “We are excited to have engaged prestigious and insightful partners to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities of our first year as a chapter. We are confident that they will help guide us in a successful strategic direction.”

The HBA San Diego advisory board is comprised of:

Jorgine Ellerbrock, senior vice president operations, Hologic, Inc.

Ms. Ellerbrock is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in operations and commercial management specializing in leadership of global teams, facility consolidation, operational start-ups, lean manufacturing, change leadership, and team development. Ms. Ellerbrock will serve a dual role as a member of the HBA pacific regional advisory board.

Jan Hirsch, PhD, chair, division of clinical pharmacy, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Hirsch's research interests are focused in the areas of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. Her work includes assessing the full value (economic, clinical and humanistic) of pharmacy services and pharmaceuticals in clinical trials or observational studies across therapeutic areas and integrating patient reported outcomes into pharmaceutical and medical practice to improve patient management.

Grace Park, PhD, director, R&D – product engineering, BD

Dr. Park is a biomedical engineer with 10+ years of experience managing a worldwide product engineering project portfolio from pipeline management, prioritization, execution, metrics roll-up to reporting for a global medical device business platform including team development of R&D and quality engineers supporting product engineering effort.

Gina M. Tapper, clinical fellow and director, Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation, BDO

Ms. Tapper has over 25 years of experience providing management consulting and decision support services to the health care industry. From business planning and development, to industry research and competitive positioning strategies, to cost analyses and feasibility studies, her work provides organizations with the information and planning support they need to succeed in the rapidly changing health care industry. 

Michael W. Young, principal, biomedwoRx: Life Sciences Consulting, C-Level Strategist

Mr. Young’s passion is to create and deploy solutions for healthcare and life science organizations who want to do good while doing quite well.  He has 25+ years of biotech and pharma commercialization experience, including strategic marketing, specialty, oncology, and anti-infective product marketing, business development, sales management, and commercial operations.

During introductions at the start of the meeting, board members was asked to share their motivation for joining the board.  Michael Young, principal of biomedwoRx, expressed his enthusiasm for the HBA: "I established my consultancy with just a few foundational guideposts. One of these leverages the two decades I have spent building a network of truly innovative and intelligent life science professionals in the SoCal biotech, device and diagnostic community. I feel it's important to engage my network to help others grow their careers, expand their opportunities and succeed in their business objectives. In this evermore complex and confusing world, to achieve these goals with respect, diversity, equality of recognition for contribution, and innovation takes an organization such as the HBA to make a difference. I look forward to joining the talented members of the HBA San Diego advisory board in this effort."

HBA San Diego's goal of greater membership engagement through more rigorous programming was a key topic of discussion at the kick-off. The advisory board members were introduced to the HBA Leadership Competency Framework and HBA San Diego’s goal to be a prominent organization for leadership development opportunities for its members. To support this, and to facilitate career connections, advisory board members will individually host a HB8 Supper Club event, a new addition to the regular line up of the HBA San Diego chapter’s programming. HB8 Supper Clubs bring together small groups of eight HBA members for dinner at a local San Diego area restaurant. In this intimate setting, participants converse on a relevant career topic chosen by the host. These exclusive events will be open for registration on the HBA San Diego website beginning in mid-May, with the first HB8 to be held on 26 June.

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