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Manufacture Ingredients, Quality & Compliance, Small Molecules, Supply Chain, Formulation

A Lifetime of Achievement

What was your first professional job?

In 1977, without having insight into what an excipient was and with only an undergraduate degree in chemistry to my name, I accepted a job offer from Colorcon. I began working for the company just two weeks after graduating. It was an exciting time for me as a young analytical chemist and I enjoyed learning about an area of the industry that had previously been completely unknown to me!

Colorcon was a small company at the time (I was employee #112). Though the company was relatively new, it was beginning to grow significantly in terms of size and recognition as a major supplier to the pharmaceutical industry. During the day, I learnt about excipients at work, and in the evenings, I attended night school at Villanova University to get my master’s degree. The opportunities for academic and professional growth really helped me manage and grow into my new role.

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Maryam Mahdi

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After finishing my degree, I envisioned a career in science communications. However, life took an unexpected turn and I ended up teaching abroad. Though the experience was amazing and I learned a great deal from it, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Texere. I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me!

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