Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Considerations for Your Career

With the acceleration of advanced biotech tools and techniques, the biotech and pharmaceutical industry is bursting with new or improved diagnostics, treatments and potential cures for patients. Individuals and companies that demonstrate an efficient intersection of science, patient needs and business have the competitive advantage; no one can operate as they have in the past.

In this discussion-based lecture, Founder of Impono and Northeastern’s Professor of the Practice Christa Dhimo, will talk about various considerations in a biotech pharma career, from early-stage structure in start-ups and small biotechs to how that structure offers a framework for “clean growth,” and from key points of business that improve the competitiveness of a student’s employment pathway to the necessary considerations for anyone thinking about starting up or joining an early-stage or high-growth company. Throughout the lecture she will share her experience with navigating into the biopharma industry and discuss the vital necessity of doing and studying what you love as a lifelong mission.

Christa Dhimo is a Professor of the Practice, Biotechnology Programs at Northeastern’s Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology at the College of Science. She also serves as a D’More-McKim School of Business Domestic Consulting Sponsor, a Distinguished Speaker for the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Professional Studies. At the professional level, Christa is the Founder and Lead Consultant for Impono LLC, an advocate consultancy for early-stage health and bioscience companies and Women Business Enterprises. She is part of the #GiveGirlsRoleModels and STEM-GEMs movement originating in Atlanta, GA and fiercely seeks to offer girls and young women role models in STEAM careers. She is also a Strategy Advisor for The Women’s Brain Project in Switzerland, and after completing a Board Director assignment she stayed on as a Board Advisor for Dreams Soar, Inc. Christa’s 25+ year career has placed unique emphasis on business models that integrate the Sales, Operations, Finance and People side of business. On the commercial ide she has launched products and/or led growth initiatives for diagnostic and therapeutic products such as Axumin®, Quadramet®, DEFINITY® and Luminity. On the operational side, she has led 483 (compliance) Remediations, Quality Enhancement Programs, and Operational Efficiency Programs. Christa has an MBA from Northeastern University, a second Masters in Management from the University of Dallas, is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP®) with PMI, and is a Master Certified Strategic Organizational Leader from Villanova University.