Kaylene O’Shea, Consultant and IMNIS mentor in VIC.

I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years and have been employed by Celgene, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CSL, ICI and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals.

My most recent pharmaceutical industry role was with Celgene. I held the position of Senior Director, Head of Clinical Operations, Asia Pacific. Over my years in the pharmaceutical industry, I have worked in or managed the functions of Clinical Operations, Risk Management, Regulatory Affairs and Medical Affairs.

My most challenging and enjoyable roles in those 30 years were the roles I held at Celgene. At the time I joined Celgene in 2007, the company had just established the affiliate in Australia. Being part of a new company and a new affiliate in Australia, I was privileged to have the opportunity to establish a new function within the affiliate. And this happened twice during my 13 years at Celgene.

Initially I established the function of Scientific Affairs for the ANZ affiliate. This function included clinical operations, risk management, regulatory affairs and medical affairs. Four years later, I was again privileged to build the Asia Pacific Clinical Operations function for Celgene. This meant establishing the Clinical Operations function in China, Taiwan and South Korea. Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan and South Korea formed the region of Asia Pacific for the Celgene organisation.

My educational background is in science and business. I hold a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sydney Institute of Technology) and Master of Management (Monash University).