The 'New' New Yorker: Ramya Kartikeyan, PPM '12
After graduating from KGI's Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) program in 2012, Ramya Kartikeyan landed job as a senior healthcare analyst for infectious diseases in GlobalData's Boston office. A leading market research firm, the company provides clients access to business intelligence on the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industries. Her role at the company grew quickly and she became the head of infectious disease, which involved managing the entire ID team, portfolio and sales. "I was involved with determining new avenues for improving our products and got to dabble in other managerial roles like hiring new employees for my expanding team," Kartikeyan says. "In terms of learning, I managed to get a firm handle on new aspects of working in a syndicated market research and business intelligence firm, while working with a very entrepreneurial workforce."
Recently, Kartikeyan accepted a job as director in the analytics department at InterbrandHealth (IBH) - a branding and marketing strategy consultancy firm-and moved from Boston to New York City. Kartikeyan' s KGI connections have really come into play at her new job, where she's actually working on naming a drug for AVI Biopharma, now Sarepta Therapeutics, the same company that sponsored her Team Master's Project at KGI. "It's been a great time working with their CEO and KGI advisory council member Chris Garabedian and his Cambridge-based executive team and learning the ins and outs of getting a new drug name approved by the FDA from my team at IBH," she say. "Plus, I feel rather vested in the success of the company given the fact that I had a great time on the TMP project."
These days, Kartikeyan is settling into life in NYC-a place, she says, where there is no shortage of opportunities for life science professionals with the right skills: "The type of applied jobs that KGI PPMs seek can readily be found in this city because of its proximity to all the corporate HQs of pharma and/or biotech in the tri-state area. I was impressed with the job scene here."