Keeping Medicine in Motion: Project Manager Profile

Keeping Medicine in Motion: Project Manager Profile

Project Managers are integral to everything we do here at UBC. They’re at the center of our clients’ programs, keeping a watchful eye on every detail, building strong relationships with stakeholders and ensuring deliverables are accurate and on time. UBC PMs don’t just manage projects; they keep them moving so that medications can keep moving to the next clinical phase, the next regulatory marker, and eventually, the next patient.

In our new Project Manager to Project Mover series, we’ll be highlighting some of the people behind our projects to help you get to know more about them and their work.

Andrea L. Davis
Associate Project Director
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Current Area of Expertise: Post-Marketing Research

Snapshot: Andrea has confidence. You can hear it in her voice and recognize it in the way she follows through on communications and completes project goals, with budgets, regulations and sponsors’ guidance at top of mind. This confidence comes with 17 years of industry experience and a commitment to helping patients receive the best healthcare available.

Current Project: Andrea is the PM for an FDA-mandated registry for patients with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) who may have also taken certain drugs for type-II diabetes or chronic weight management. The aim of the study is to monitor the number of annual new cases of MTC that may occur in patients and to establish a registry for these cases. The study includes a consortium of four sponsors and five drugs. Having a consortium within one study provides patients and physicians with one point of contact, helping to alleviate the burden of extra contacts. 

What’s in Her Toolkit?

  • Leadership skills ─ “I’ve always enjoyed leading teams and leveraging people’s different strengths and styles. One of my strengths is the ability to work with a team to get to a common goal.”
  • Drive ─ “This role feeds my tendency to be very goal-oriented. Different questions, issues, and concerns come up each day. These might include protocol changes, questions related to data or documentation, or staffing logistics. It may be a challenge to address and overcome these issues, but I’m driven to meet these challenges. It brings a lot of job satisfaction.”
  • Communication ─ “Working with four sponsors on one study, I’ve learned frequent and transparent communications are essential to overall success. Ultimately, we have one unified study, so our protocol, documentation, and approach need to be unified as well.”

Accountability in Action

  • “Every two weeks we have a consortium meeting with stakeholders calling in from across the globe. Everyone’s time is precious, so that meeting time is spent in the best manner possible. The agenda is set in advance and typically, it’s 10 pages long. I ensure that we have all the support notes and background available for each agenda item. We prioritize and cover five to seven items together. The rest of the agenda is detailed in the notes and minutes. If a person misses a meeting or needs a quick reference, the minutes are a valuable resource.”
  • “It’s my responsibility to keep stakeholders focused on the overall goal of the registry. At different points of a study, sponsors may propose additional objectives or metrics. I help sponsors take an objective look at the study’s needs and how those needs can be met in the most efficient way possible.”

Need to Know

  • “Studies involving state or federal processes require special considerations and experience. That’s something I think every client needs to know. “
  • “MTC is a very rare cancer, and doctors in 28 states are required to report incidences of the disease to this particular registry. There are a significant number of variables in each state’s processes and experience levels. So, there may be gaps in data as not all the same information is required in each state, and reporting processes are different. Sponsors will need to adjust plans and timelines accordingly.”

Nice to Know

  • “I’m a mom and stepmom to children ranging in age from four to 22. When my youngest was mastering potty training, the oldest was researching graduate school. At home, my job is to make sure my family is supported at different stages of life. My role at home and my role as a Project Manager complement each other very well. As a Project Manager, I work to support my stakeholders who also have very different needs.”
  • “What I love about my job and this industry is we don’t stop at “good enough.” We have one of the most rigorous regulatory agencies in the world and new medications go through extensive research. We’re working to develop and improve medications every day.”

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