Janet White

Development Director at Pfizer Inc

235 E 42ND ST, New York City, New York, United States
Pfizer Inc
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(212) 733-2323
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Last Updated 11/30/2017

General Information

Employment History

Independent Consultant  - JW99 Consulting


BA degree  - Chemistry , Cambridge University

MA  - Natural Sciences , Cambridge University

MBA  - Open Business School

degree  - natural sciences , Cambridge


Board Member  - AWIS-San Diego

Portfolio and Platform Lead - Pneumonia  - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Board Member  - Villa Musica

Executive Board Member  - Affiniscape Inc

Assistant Director  - Strategic Management Group

Senior Director, Business Operations  - La Jolla.

Committee Member  - Riding Pony Stud Book Society Inc

Executive Board Member  - Association for Women in Science

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Setting Goals for 2012 and Your Career, led by Janet White, Development Director, Pfizer.

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Janet White
Pfizer Global Health Fellow: Janet White | Accordia Join Accordia Email * Please leave this field empty Follow us on Facebook Twitter YouTube Donate Now Pfizer Global Health Fellow: Janet White English native Janet White mixes a love for science with an interest in business development. She moved to the United States in 2001 as a management consultant, holding a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge. A year later, she headed to San Diego to join Pfizer Inc in strategic management of research and development. "I went straight from college to work at the bench," she explained. She also returned to graduate school, part-time, to secure her MBA. This set of aptitudes led her to her current role in program management in charge of early clinical trials, primarily in therapeutic vaccines, ophthalmology, and oncology. Her interest in healthcare in Africa was sparked, in part, by her move to the U.S. She was surprised to see the differences between the health systems in the U.K. and the U.S. She believes that access to healthcare should be a basic human right and that the West can do much to improve care in the developing world. She had traveled to Africa twice in her life "as a tourist" so had a connection to the continent. White learned about the Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program soon after joining the company. Alumni of the program gave presentations about their fellowship experiences and learnings at her Pfizer site. She describes the program as unique and exciting and considers Pfizer to be at the forefront in corporate social responsibility. "This is a great company, and I'm proud to be an employee here," she said. She looked into the fellowship program, considering it a way to engage her own passions while "giving back" to help improve healthcare for people less fortunate than she. Based on her skill set, she was selected through a rigorous application and interview process to volunteer for a three-month assignment with the Accordia Global Health Foundation at Uganda's Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in 2012. White took on two major areas of responsibility: strategic planning and clinical trial management. White provided information about grants procurement and management processes, suggested ideas for organizing project teams, helped create a brochure to showcase IDI's research capabilities, and identified ways to balance its budget. "I wanted to help IDI continue to have a long-term, positive impact on patients with infectious diseases in Africa," said White. White also collaborated with Allen Mukhwana, Research Senior Programme Administrator, for more than three months to strengthen IDI's research office and its ability to manage clinical trials. White speaks in glowing terms about her experiences at IDI and her colleagues there. "Becoming a Pfizer Global Health Fellow changed my life," she said. "I'm so thankful for the opportunity. I'm a different person now. White continues to stay in touch with her associates in Uganda, who sometimes ask for her advice on topics such as how to attain global standards for good clinical practice. While many of her friendships were formed on the job, others came through White's "extra-curricular" activities. While in Kampala, she volunteered for the Kitenge Africa Foundation, which helps feed, clothe, and educate vulnerable street children. White found Uganda similar in many ways to her native England, sharing a common language and many activities. She met friends who asked her to show them how to bake banana bread, apple pie, and carrot cake. As part of this informal cultural exchange, they, in turn, gave her tips on how to prepare local dishes including matooke (steamed plantains) with peanut sauce and spiced ginger tea. These connections only served to strengthen her resolve to bring about positive change in Africa. While she returned to the States to the same job of project managing clinical trials, she brought with her a new resolve, as her attitudes and priorities had changed. She's thrilled to be working to ensure that more people have affordable access to vaccines and medicines. She wants every child to be able to get childhood vaccines...and then go on to get a good education and to learn how to stay healthy and be self-sufficient. White will continue to apply her scientific and business acumen to bring about better lives for all people, and especially children, around the world.

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Setting Goals for 2012 and Your Career, led by Janet White, Development Director, Pfizer.

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