Starter for 10: Sangeeta Bhattacharya

Facing the quickfire questions is Sangeeta Bhattacharya, Immunology TA Head, Statistical Programming & Analysis at Janssen Research & Development and PHUSE Membership Director!

What attracted you to your current position? I wanted to take my analytical skills to the next level and be involved in machine learning in the drug discovery process. I knew that Johnson & Johnson was applying these principles to its clinical research to benefit patients. I also have significant Immunology experience, leading submissions for some of the most effective drugs in the industry today. Therefore, heading up the Immunology statistical programming group at Johnson & Johnson, in this new era of drug development, felt like the perfect job for me.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? I learn new perspectives every day, be it scientific or technological advances, patient perspectives, or how gracefully someone handles a difficult situation.

If you weren’t doing this job, then what would you be doing? Owning a yoga studio and instructing, along with motivational speeches.

What made you want to be a part of PHUSE? Engagement in PHUSE has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career. I always wanted to influence the future of our pharmaceutical industry. To witness our Working Groups recommendations ultimately become part of FDA regulatory guidance gives me a sense of purpose, and I love the fact that at PHUSE, all companies and regulatory agencies truly collaborate as a team, to find innovative solutions to common problems that ultimately benefit the patients.

If you were ship-wrecked on a desert island, what three items would you take? I feel embarrassed to admit this but probably my iPhone (it has my playlist – I can’t live without listening to music); drinking water; and my yoga mat.

What, to you, is the most irritating industry buzzword or phrase? I would say “data science use case”, as very few accurately describe the data science part.

Who is your role model, and why? Kids, because they are so honest.

Can you describe yourself in three words? Ambassador of Learning.

What was the last thing you watched on TV, or the last book you read, and why did you choose it? The Book “Becoming”, by Michelle Obama. I was always intrigued by her personality, so strong and accomplished yet supportive of her powerful husband, and wanted to know more about her.

If you could give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t worry about the future; you define your journey. Be happy and enjoy the present.


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