I joined Wyeth as a business partner working with various business areas inside the Drug Safety and Metabolism area, where my responsibilities included designing and leading the development and implementation of IT solutions for challenging business problems, as well as assisting clients in compliance with GxP regulations for IT systems. I had the opportunity to lead an evaluation deployment of Electronic Laboratory Notebooks within the Research areas, which turned into a successful deployment of a GLP instance covering both regulated & non regulated spaces. This was a significant accomplishment for the team & I, as the business alignment to move to a regulated platform in a non regulated space was significant. I credit this experience as the real foundation for my change management experience.
After this role, I held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility culminating in a role covering Strategy & Operations as well as Senior Business Partner. My responsibility for strategy and operations included daily operations for our Business Systems and Processes team (IT), as well as forward looking strategy development for both the IT organization and our partner client organizations. My primary focus in the strategy role was the data and information strategy for our client organizations, spanning Discovery, Preclinical Development and Vaccines. As the Senior Business Partner for the Drug Safety & Metabolism group, I was also responsible for working with the existing long term business partners to provide overall direction and assistance as well as management of an overall strategy and delivery plan.
This role ended with the acquisition of Wyeth by Pfizer, and the dissolution of our function as we were absorbed into the new company, or caught in the restructuring. I met a great many talented and generous colleagues and partners during this role, and gained a greater appreciation for the complexities of international business. This role also offered me the opportunity to have a number of speaking engagements on lab informatics and related topics, which was a great help in expanding my network and sharpening and sharing ideas.