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Rebecca Stauffer
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Drug Discovery and R&D Leader Addresses Transformational Leadership Skills

Arlington, VA—AcheneRx LLC Founder and CEO Julie DeMartino, Ph.D., will present the closing plenary at AAPS PharmSci 360, Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 4:15 p.m.

Her talk will highlight “a-ha moments” that unlocked insights and illuminated a path to transformational pharma leadership for her. Framed with humor and poignant anecdotes from her own life, DeMartino will inspire pharmaceutical leaders as they face change in their careers, and opportunities to step forward into leadership.

Key takeaways cover the power in shared purpose; a growth mindset; feedback as self-awareness; communicating with influence; strategically managing career paths; the importance of getting out of the comfort zone; and relying on core values. Each point will be illustrated with a story from DeMartino’s three decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

“We want scientists to leave our meeting thinking about both the incredible research they’ve experienced and how they will advance the science under their leadership when they get back to work,” AAPS 2023 PharmSci 360 Scientific Programming Committee Chair Otilia Koo, Ph.D., said. “The Committee hopes that attendees leave with Julie’s words in mind as they get back into their daily swing. It’s always valuable to look at science—and by extension—your scientific career with renewed focus and energy.”

PharmSci 360 will take place Oct. 22-25, in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. To learn more and to register, visit http://www.aaps.org/pharmsci360.


American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association of more than 7,000 scientists and professionals employed in academia, industry, regulatory, and other research related to the pharmaceutical sciences worldwide. Its mission is to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health, which members pursue through four peer-reviewed journals and a variety of events in person and online. www.aaps.org

AAPs PharmSci 360 delivers research from across the pharmaceutical continuum, from discovery to delivery, and all stages in between. Thousands of scientists from across the globe converge to discuss cutting-edge breakthroughs, technologies, and techniques in symposia and poster presentations at this science-first event. http://www.aaps.org/pharmsci360