Andrew Sanchez, Validation Engineer at Delta PM, shares about his consulting experience!

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  1. Why did you choose to pursue consulting?

    Consulting, generally, is a dynamic means of employment. As a young professional in the Life Sciences field, I find being a consultant to be advantageous for anyone who is efficiently trying to experience a wide variety of different cGxP strategies, work cultures, and project roles, while also receiving a fertile environment for networking and meeting good people. Although it may have its draw backs, such as ever shifting commutes to different client sites and working project-to-project, I find that this career fits perfectly into my lifestyle.  

  2. How did you get connected to Delta PM & why do you enjoy consulting with them?

    A mutual connection from LinkedIn introduced me to Feras Al-Zubaidy, one of the principals of Delta. When I reached out to them, Feras and the Delta hiring crew were eager to talk to discuss my career goals. From the get-go, they were driven to uncover the link between my personal goals and the goals of Delta PM. Or, more accurately, how Delta could give me the tools to fully realize my own career path.  

  3. Do you have any other Consulting tips or career advice?

Part of being a consultant in this industry means having the opportunity to have a bird’s-eye view of cGxP practices across client sites. As a consultant, it’s important to think critically about these different strategies and focus on the lessons learned. In this way, when you reach your next project at a new site, you can apply your knowledge in a way that benefits your project and your new client.

Additionally, as a consultant at Delta PM, it’s important to tap into the wealth of knowledge that you have at your fingertips in the form of your Delta family. It’s all too easy to forget that everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand.

George Nguyen, Validation Project Manager, shares about his experience consulting with Delta PM!

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  1. Why did you choose to pursue consulting?

    I had worked in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years as a permanent employee, and I wanted to try something new and exciting.  

  2. Why did you join Delta PM?

    I first got acquainted with Delta PM through working with their consultants when I was an employee at BioMarin. Delta had such a great people, and I continued keeping in touch with them even after I left BioMarin. When a project at Amgen came up, I jumped on the opportunity to join the Delta team.

  3. How has your experience with Delta been different and fulfilling?

    My experience with Delta PM has been amazing — they have helped me learn new skills and trusted in me to step up to the plate on assignments I thought I wasn't ready for and take the next step in my career.  I enjoy working with great people, and representing Delta PM at the client site has been extremely rewarding.

  4. Any other Consulting best practices, tips, or career advice? 

    For me, it's about being honest and doing the right thing.  People in the industry always want everything done faster and faster, but sometimes you have to take more time to think it out and make sure it's done right the first time.  

Sign-Up Now for the ISPE SF Bay Area Chapter's Single-Use Technology (SUT) Symposium!

Register now for ISPE San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s Single-Use Technology (SUT) Symposium here!

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: Genentech's South San Francisco Campus

This immersive all-day conference will showcase knowledge and expertise of state-of-the-art SUT from industry professionals at Genentech, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Juno Therapeutics, Inc., Atara Biotherapeutics, Lonza, and CRB. This symposium will be a great opportunity to learn, ask tough questions, and network with your peers. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

More information and an event schedule can be found at: https://lnkd.in/gD9593v

Meet Aaron Hubbell, our East Coast Regional Director at Delta PM!

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1. Why Did You choose to Join Delta PM?

I had been looking for an opportunity to use my technical and organizational expertise in a business role for some time. Feras and I have been friends for a number of years and he called me to discuss Delta's plans to expand to the East Coast. The job description that he described was almost exactly what I was looking for — a role where I could leverage my years of technical experience in a business-specific environment, where I'd have high level accountability for a function or region.

What closed the deal was meeting Scott and the Ops Team and seeing their belief in the company, learning how Delta is different, and listening to the team talk about their shared vision for the company.



2. What does Your Role Entail?

At the most basic level, I'm accountable for building and growing our East Coast operation. The details behind that are fairly complex and every day is different, but depending on the hour or the day, I can be onsite managing a client relationship, at an industry event seeking out new business opportunities, working with our recruiting team to identify and onboard new employees, huddling with my team to strategize regional business development plans, helping my consulting colleagues with technical content or presentations, or building operational infrastructure. I get bored doing the same thing day after day, so there's a lot for me to love about this job.

3. How Has the Industry Changed Over the Years?

Wow, it's easier to talk about what hasn’t changed! Production technologies, disposables, automation and big data, continuous processing, interconnectivity, regenerative medicine, RNA therapies — you name it, it's all new!

What hasn't changed is the need for bright, inquisitive, hard-working people to bring innovative treatments to the market. Ultimately, people discover therapies, develop and commercialize processes, and optimize manufacturing to ensure cost-effective medicines make their way to patients. Technologies will change, but people can learn new skills, master new processes, and learn how to grow in this industry. Companies need to remember that we don't run without people and that people are our greatest asset. That has always been and always will continue to be the case.



4. How Would You Characterize Your Team?

Rock stars? Ninjas? Navy SEALs? But seriously, I have a small team of heavy hitters who are providing amazing client experiences here in the Northeast, and we are using their current assignments as springboards to grow and expand across the East Coast. My consulting team ranges from very bright hard working people with just a couple years of industry experience to managers and senior engineers with deep expertise in bioprocess equipment and systems. I like to extend the Delta philosophy of people helping wherever they can by engaging our onsite consultants in business development and recruiting activities as their client responsibilities allow.

5. How Has Your Experience with Delta Been Fulfilling or Different?

My work history is 18 years with large companies, so the lack of red tape, bureaucracy, and overhead has been refreshing and exciting. If I believe in moving in a certain direction, Scott and Feras will support me and back me up, knowing that I'm fully accountable for the success or failure of my ideas and initiatives.

Also, Delta has a start-up mentality where everyone does a bit of everything — we roll up our sleeves and get to work to make our processes and systems better. Knowing that everyone can play multiple roles — a Recruiter who also does Marketing, an Account Manager who also writes VMPs, and a Sales Director who also builds HR systems — makes for a vibrant team where diversity really is our strength.



6. What's Your Favorite Company Memory?

I've only been with Delta for three months so I don't have a huge portfolio of memories just yet, but my favorite so far was when I travelled to San Francisco HQ to interview with the team. I asked Scott about his expansion and growth philosophy and clearly recall him saying, "We want to grow because we owe it to our people. We can't provide growth and professional development to our people if we aren't expanding our regions and client base." My immediate reaction was that I must work at this company because that concept resonated so deeply with me. 

Daryl Cheng, Project Manager, shares his thoughts on consulting with Delta PM!

  1. Why did you join Delta PM?

    I was a laboratory manager at a genetic testing company when Delta approached me. I had many hats to wear as a lab manager, but project management and lab space planning were my absolute favorite parts of the job; when Delta offered the opportunity to take those facets and turn it into a full-time career, I had to take the leap. I couldn’t be happier with that decision.

  2. Why did you choose to pursue consulting?

    When I first graduated college, I became a Research Associate doing prenatal clinical testing. Though it was meaningful work, I knew within a year that I wasn’t going to be happy pursuing a career with that much repetition. I needed the curveballs, sliders, and change-ups that I was lucky enough to find in the field of project management. Being a consultant gives me the freedom and flexibility to pursue my own path, but with the support of a great operation like Delta behind me.

  3. What does your role as a consultant at Delta entail?

    I am currently a Project Manager for our client, Gilead Sciences, specializing in lab build-outs and redesigns. I normally manage about a dozen projects at a time, which vary from small lab modification projects to larger scale building renovations. We’re involved every step of the way, from interacting with the users regarding their requests, to funding, planning, and all the way through execution. It’s a sometimes-hectic, but always-fulfilling career.

  4. How has your experience with Delta PM been fulfilling or different? 

    Moving from a small start-up to a consulting firm and being assigned to a large client was a bit of a culture shock. The company dynamics were all new, and my little network of colleagues and vendors grew exponentially overnight. I’m very thankful for the amazing opportunity Delta PM has given me to grow and learn from some of the brightest people around.

Delta PM Attends the ISPE Boston Product Show!

This year's ISPE Boston Area Chapter Product Show was set to be one of the biggest shows yet, with over 20 educational sessions, 375 exhibitors, and 3300 attendees. Our new East Coast Regional Director, Aaron Hubbell, East Coast Regional Manager, Eric Nelsen, and first Validation Engineer out East, Kero Habib, attended together on behalf of Delta, and met with many new and old faces.

There were many creative ideas using state-of-the-art technologies, and no shortage of booths showcasing the advancement of disposable technology. The educational sessions also provided further insights into where the industry is headed. Some of the most popular educational sessions portrayed how the industry is on the cusp of developing a sustainable continuous manufacturing model for biologics and vaccines, as well as the leveraging of analytics in the digitization of supply chain to optimize efficiency. The after-party on the field and lounge after the event was also a great time of deeper explorations in conversation and new connections built.

We’d like to thank ISPE for putting together such a wonderful event, full of learning and meeting other talented industry professionals. We look forward to future events and having a booth of our own in the coming years!

Meet Tim Hornstein, Validation Engineer at Delta PM!

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Why did you choose to pursue consulting?

Consulting gave me the opportunity to get out of my hometown and travel the country with more flexibility than any other profession I could find. 

Why did you choose to join Delta PM?

I had lived in Syracuse my entire life and felt that if I didn't leave my hometown soon, I would never leave and would always wonder what else is out there. Delta has given me the unique opportunity to travel across the country and experience different places for an extended period of time to see what I liked and disliked about each location.  

How has your experience with Delta been fulfilling or different? 

Delta has consistently put me in positions I've never been in before, in addition to providing the support necessary for me to complete the tasks at hand. Over the last year, I've lived in and explored three different cities — Gainesville Florida, San Francisco, and Houston — while working on three very distinct projects to grow and diversify my skills. Each project has provided new opportunities to learn new things and grow, both professionally and personally. 

What does your role entail? 

My role and day-to-day responsibilities depend on the project I’m on. I've been responsible for setting up an analytical instrument validation program in Gainesville, worked as part of a large team writing final reports for the qualification of temperature chambers in Berkeley, and even performed the entire qualification process on a wide range of equipment in Houston. 

What’s your favorite company memory? 

Delta PM’s Holiday Party is probably my favorite memory so far. I thought it was very cool that they brought everyone from all around the country together for a night, regardless of where their projects were. I met a bunch of great people that I hadn't had the opportunity to work with yet, and everyone was very excited to be there.  It was great to see the community that Delta has built, and it felt like everyone was friends, not just coworkers.    

Any other Consulting tips or other career advice?

Take an extra 5 minutes to check your work one more time, and don't be afraid to speak up!

Derek Kornacki, Project Manager, shares about his experience working with Delta PM!

“Delta Project Management has provided me with the invaluable opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best and brightest in the industry.  

Scott and Feras' connections in the Bay Area’s biopharmaceutical community run deep, as they have been proving Delta's commitment to service for many years now.  When I mention to any given peer that I work for Delta PM, they invariably know Scott and Feras, and always have positive things to say about them.

What initially drew me to Delta was their diverse group of vibrant and energetic employees, who constantly look for professional development.  After a few years of working with them, I’ve seen the group continue to grow with that same focus. Each time we get together for a company event, I’m always reminded of the talent that Delta has drawn, and I hope to continue being a part of it for years to come!”

Register Now and Meet Delta PM’s Team at the 2018 ISPE Annual Meeting in PA!

This year’s ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo will be hosted at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Exhibition will be held Sunday 11/4 from 5-7pm, Monday 11/5 from 10am-4pm, and Tuesday 11/6 from 10am-4pm. Our Delta PM team will be hosting a booth and is looking forward to meeting you!

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Register now and come say hello to our team at Booth 1030 (feel free to fill out the form below if you’d like to schedule a time to chat) — looking forward to seeing you all there!

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