A Lifetime of Achievement
Sitting Down With… David Schoneker, Global Regulatory Director, Strategic Relationships at Colorcon and Vice Chair for Science and Regulatory at the International Pharmaceutical Excipient Council of the Americas.
Maryam Mahdi | | Interview
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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