Return Of The Renaissance Man: Industry Hopping Entrepreneurship
Lars Christian Wilde, a 2021 In Vivo Rising Leader, is president and co-founder of Compass Pathways, a psychedelic medicines company developing psilocybin for mental health disorders. An entrepreneur who began his career in finance before launching an athletics company, two cooking supply companies and an investment fund, among other achievements, Wilde describes himself as ‘a generalist who surrounds himself with amazing people.’
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From pre-med to pharma lab rat to deputy director of operations at the FDA, Khushboo Sharma, a 2021 In Vivo Rising Leader and current VP of science and regulatory affairs at BIO, has spent her career pursuing a goal she says the FDA and biopharma industry have in common: ensuring that innovative drugs get to patients.
Aside from a few high-profile exceptions, the biopharma industry supply chain has remained secure and resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, outperforming retail and consumer goods. Chip Davis, Jr., head of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, spoke with In Vivo about the need for a long-term industrial policy for drug manufacturing, real-time data-sharing and transparency in the supply chain, and minimizing disruptions.