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Shannon Brown

Shannon covers pharmaceutical quality, manufacturing, and regulatory topics for Informa. She is also interested in environmental issues and covers sustainability initiatives in manufacturing. She started her career as a writer and editor at the US National Cancer Institute. After several years of freelancing for healthcare and environmental outlets, she received an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University and started at Informa.

Hailing from Oahu, Hawaii, she enjoys travel and is also an avid reader and practitioner of yoga. She speaks Spanish and elementary German.

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