What is it like to work for a pharmaceutical company? Interview by Barbara J. Linney.Physician Exec. 2001 Mar-Apr; 27(2):80-3.PE
Is working for a pharmaceutical company a career option you've thought about pursuing? In this column, Barbara Linney interviews physician executive Edward A. Kaufman, MD, about his 20-year experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. He talks about how he held a series of jobs for SmithKline Beecham's clinical labs business and lived in a number of places. He describes his background and how it made him an attractive candidate for the position, why he sought out the pharmaceutical industry, the nature of the work, and some of the projects that he has been involved in. He gives examples of physicians who have joined the executive ranks at GlaxoSmithKline and what made them such high-caliber candidates for top leadership positions.