17 episodes

Occupation Station features graduates of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as they pursue exciting careers in some of the nation's top pharmacies and research institutions. ACPHS grads talk about what they learned in school and talk about where their degrees have taken them.

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Occupation Station features graduates of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as they pursue exciting careers in some of the nation's top pharmacies and research institutions. ACPHS grads talk about what they learned in school and talk about where their degrees have taken them.

    From ACPHS to Clinical Support Services

    From ACPHS to Clinical Support Services

    Curiosity and resilience are two of the important characteristics that 1984 ACPHS grad Jim Notaro says are important for a successful educational and professional career. In 1999, Notaro founded Clinical Support Services, Inc., a provider of medication management solutions. In this episode of Occupation Station, Notaro, RPh, Ph.D., talks about how having focus and facing some diversity leads to success.

    • 14 min
    Big News! Announcing the $37.3 Million Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training!

    Big News! Announcing the $37.3 Million Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training!

    Exciting news at ACPHS! In January 2020, the College will open the Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET), a $37.3 million facility that will train pharmacy students and mid-career professionals for jobs making biopharmaceutical drugs, which is a rapidly growing part of the drug industry nationwide.

    CBET will be a 20,000-square-foot advanced technology facility that will feature emerging technologies such as single use and continuous bioprocessing, cell therapy, gene therapy, and real-time analytics. Hands-on programing will include real world applications operating in a simulated cGMP environment, as well as broader topics such as quality control and supply chain management. Close ties and consultation with corporate partners will be crucial to providing relevant programming both for traditional students and individuals already in the workforce. Initial partners in this endeavor include Clarkson University and Albany Molecular Research Institute. Discussions are currently underway with additional collaborators.

    In this episode of Occupation Station, Dr. Patrick Yang, former executive vice president of Genentech, Roche and Juno and current chairman of AbGenomics and Acepodia joins ACPHS President Dr. Greg Dewey to talk about the current recruitment needs of the biopharmaceutical industry and how CBET will fill those positions. Dr. Yang, who serves as an adviser to program development, discusses five distinct ways CBET will partner with biopharmaceuticals. Dr. Dewey, meanwhile, talks about how CBET will stay nimble, while training students for a rapidly changing field.

    Learn more at https://www.acphs.edu/CBET

    • 29 min
    From ACPHS to Advanced Infusion Solutions

    From ACPHS to Advanced Infusion Solutions

    An early change in direction ultimately led to a healthcare career that spanned decades for Bill Shields. Shields, who currently serves as CEO of Advanced Infusion Solutions, already held a degree in education when he decided to further challenge himself by gaining a degree in pharmacy at ACPHS. Even though he quickly found work as a pharmacist, Shields felt a drive to branch out even further and achieved his MBA. Now he tells others along their career journeys not to be afraid to invest in their own educations. Shields is a big fan of diversifying. His resume tells the story with major companies calling on him to work on product development, specialty infusion, regulatory affairs in Washington, D.C. and much more.

    • 13 min
    From ACPHS to Women’s College Hospital in Toronto

    From ACPHS to Women’s College Hospital in Toronto

    Mina Tadrous began to understand what career would spark him while getting his Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As his career trajectory shows, Tadrous has turned that spark into a flame in many, many ways. You could say his main focus is on post-marketing surveillance of drugs that have been approved. It is crucial work that uncovers the hidden differences between when a drug moves out of the category of “tolerable” to the determination of the drug’s suitability for a specific individual’s needs. But Tadrous also finds great fulfillment in teaching. He has also become a thoughtful commentator regarding the rising costs of drugs. In this episode of Occupation Station, Tadrous talks about his career and offers advice to students on how to tap into the resources available to them at ACPHS. Bonus! Tadrous reminds us of a special “in” that comes with being a student.

    • 17 min
    From ACPHS to Adams Respiratory Therapeutics

    From ACPHS to Adams Respiratory Therapeutics

    Tom Long admits his career was not the one he’d dreamed of. He’d hoped to one day open his own pharmacy and while he did work in retail pharmacy for about a year after graduation, an opportunity came knocking that he couldn’t resist. Tom was recruited by Bristol Laboratories to become a technical liaison between manufacturing and product development. From there his career took off with increasing responsibilities overseeing the manufacturing, engineering, packaging and management of some of the biggest names in the industry. In this edition of Occupation Station, Tom, who retired in 2008 as senior vice president and general manager, manufacturing and operations at Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc., talks about how his pharmacy skills gave him the baseline to jump into the challenging world of pharmaceutical manufacturing. Tom also talks about why the core values taught at ACPHS are vitally important in today’s workplace.

    • 15 min
    From ACPHS to University of Rochester Medical Center

    From ACPHS to University of Rochester Medical Center

    During her time at ACPHS Dr. Sema Hart, realized two things: she wanted to go on to medical school and she wanted to finish pharmacy school first! Dr. Hart talks about how her time at ACPHS helped her realize her dream. She is now an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Working with babies and helping their mothers is a calling that she describes as one of the most satisfying careers there is. Dr. Hart also has a message for today’s students about maintaining balance between hands-on learning and the technology that is at their fingertips.

    • 12 min

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