Why “5-Year Plan” is Stupid: A Career Path in Drug Discovery and Commercialization: SLAM Seminar Series

Seminar | November 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 L.-C. Campeau, Executive Director, Merck

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

We are often taught that the best plan wins. We see it in movies and sports all the time. From high school, career counselors help us plan to get into the best college, then best graduate school and ultimately through to our professional lives. L.-C. Campeau’s experience is quite the opposite. This talk will meander through the peaks and valleys of his formal training and professional career. He will share some of his thoughts on personal development and key insights from his last 12 years in professional life.

Dr. Campeau obtained his Ph. D. degree in 2008 with the late Professor Keith Fagnou at the University of Ottawa in Canada as an OGSST & NSERC post-graduate scholar, after completing his B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. He first joined Merck Research Laboratories at Merck-Frosst in Montreal in 2007. During his tenure at Merck-Frosst, L.-C. amassed several scientific accomplishments and pipeline impacts, including key contributions to the discovery of Doravirine which was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of HIV and sold under the brand name Pifeltro™ and Delstrigo™. In 2010, he moved from Montreal to New Jersey, where he has served in roles of increasing responsibility ever since including Director and Head of the Catalysis and Automation Laboratory and then Director in Process Chemistry, where he led teams through very challenging assignments on manufacturing route development. In 2016, L.-C. was appointed Executive Director. He is currently the Head of the Process Chemistry and Discovery Process Chemistry groups, leading a team of >85 smart creative scientists at all Discovery sites and at the CMC hub in Rahway, responsible for eliminating synthetic bottlenecks to accelerate the discovery of novel therapeutics all the way through manufacturing route definition and filing of new products.

 Faculty, Students - Graduate

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