Careers in Drug Development: Contract Research Organizations
Wednesday August 21st, 2019
Auditorium, 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Panel discussion. 1:00pm - 2:00pm Networking reception.

Contract Research Organizations (CROs) play a critical role in the drug development pipeline. On behalf of their clients, CROs explore the initial feasibility and safety of new compounds, engage in pre-clinical and clinical trials research, and examine the safety and efficacy of existing drugs used for different illnesses.

Covance provides comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services to clients in over 60 countries. It is part of LabCorp, the largest among 8 global CROs with more than 50,000 employees.

Panelists with different roles and tenures at Covance will discuss: what motivated them to work in this area, how their work differs from academic research, and what it takes to secure a position and be successful in this exciting field.


Mike Sievert, PhD, Study Director
Brita Kilburg-Basnyat, PhD, Study Director
Tom Ryan, Scientific Proposal Manager
Amanda Lucchini, PhD, Study Director, Contributing Scientist

Questions? Contact Andrew Cusick (

Part of the Career Exploration Series from the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.
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