Sr. Scientific Director
Why I'm a JPAL
I get energized by the brilliant ideas and enthusasm of the people who have the courage to follow their dreams and form an innovative company. I want them to succeed.
Sandra has been supporting the preclinical development of pharmaceuticals for 26 years. She is a DVM and board certified Veterinary Pathologist and after a stint leading an academic research group at The University of Chicago, she moved to GD Searle/Pharmacia where she worked for 11 years supporting projects from late discovery through full development. In 2003 she took on the mission to form a nascent Preclinical Development & Safety group for Janssen’s La Jolla site. During her career, Sandra has worked across platforms including synthetic peptides, oligonuceotides and small and large molecule pharmaceuticals. She has worked across therapeutic areas including infectious diseases, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, immunology, neuroscience and oncology. Additionally, she has lead staff supporting toxicology and DMPK project support as well as laboratory animal medicine, investigative toxicology and molecular pathology. She and her team have extensive experience supporting innovative compound development from lead optimization through global registration; including managing the preclinical portion of external alliances and partnerships. Her team is frequently called upon to participate in critical due diligence reviews of potential licenses and acquisitions. For the last few years Sandra has also lead the Janssen Imbruvica preclinical development team (partnership with Pharmacyclics), one of the first drugs to successfully navigate the Breakthrough Drug designation at the FDA. Sandra received her AB degree from The University of Chicago, a DVM from Iowa State University and served as a post-doctoral fellow in Comparative Pathology at Harvard University. She served on the faculty of The University of Chicago where she had independent research funding (NIDA) and ran a comparative pathology diagnostic laboratory supporting the LAMS organization in addition to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. Over the years Sandra has been active in both the ACVP and STP. She is an author on 28 papers and 33 posters/presentations.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
I volunteer as a birth doula for UCSD Hearts & Hands; so i have a lot of practice coaching people in very intense situations.