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Thursday, June 22 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
#408: Flexing Your Project Management Muscles Outside of Traditional Roles

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Component Type: Session
Level: Basic
CE: CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; PDU 1.25 PMI 2166-000201; RN 1.25

Typically the expectations for a Project Manager on a drug development team are very clear and defined. However, there are opportunities to leverage project management (PM) skills and experience in areas of organizations that may not have a formal PM function or might call the role something different. In this forum, hear from different project managers about their experience in flexing their PM muscles in different ways.

Learning Objectives

Describe the various roles and responsibilities of project managers either in non-drug development projects or in junior roles.


Gina Maria Johns, PMP


Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Drug Development Project Manager on a Patient-Centered Initiative
Carrie Furin

From Bench Chemist to Business Owner: How a Career in Nontraditional Project Management Roles Created Career Opportunity
Gina Maria Johns, PMP

Associate Project Manager, Coordinator, Planner: PM Roles and Their Link to Departmental Structure and Vision
Juan Castano, MBA, PMP


Gina Johns

Founder/ Project Manager, Ocean Consulting Solutions LLC
Gina Johns is a project management consultant with 20+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working in all segments of drug discovery and development (from programs in target validation through early and late development, and registration and approval). As a consultant... Read More →

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Juan Castano

Associate Director, Asset Planner, Pfizer Inc
Juan Castano is an Associate Director, Asset Planner within the Portfolio & Project Management group at Pfizer. He has over 15 years of experience in pharma drug development. He began his career as a Process Chemist at Merck where he later joined the Project Management group. Juan... Read More →
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Carrie Furin

Manager, Clinical Trial Management, Eli Lilly and Company
Carrie is a Manager with Eli Lilly and Company overseeing Clinical Trial Managers on Oncology trials. She has over 10 years of drug development experience in clinical operations and project management. Carrie has led teams across multiple therapeutic areas and phases, which has provided... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
S404d McCormick Place 2301 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Gate 4 Chicago, IL 60616
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