Pri­or­i­tiz­ing com­pet­ing de­mands

AR­LEEN PAULINO Vice-Pres­i­dent of Am­gen Sin­ga­pore Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Sin­ga­pore

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Ar­leen Paulino has been in the biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­try for the past 25 years, most of which has been be­tween pure R&D and com­mer­cial. Work­ing as Vice Pres­i­dent of Am­gen Sin­ga­pore man­u­fac­tur­ing since Jan 2016, Ar­leen Pauline is re­spon­si­ble for site op­er­a­tions at Am­gen’s new biomanufacturing fa­cil­ity and leads a cross func­tional team across var­i­ous de­part­ments.

Es­tab­lished in Novem­ber

2014, Am­gen’s Next-Gen­er­a­tion Biomanufacturing fa­cil­ity in Sin­ga­pore her­alds a new junc­ture of ef­fi­cient and in­no­va­tive com­mer­cial-scale pro­duc­tion of medicines. First in Asia, it is one of the new­est man­u­fac­tur­ing site, which uses a rev­o­lu­tion­ary ap­proach in­cor­po­rat­ing mul­ti­ple tech­nolo­gies to en­able greater speed, pro­duc­tiv­ity and flex­i­bil­ity.

This fa­cil­ity will pro­duce Am­gen’s global sup­ply of deno­sumab, which then gets fed to the com­pany’s Puerto Rico fa­cil­ity to ul­ti­mately pro­duce

Pro­lia® and XGEVA®—two medicines for pa­tients with skele­tal-re­lated dis­or­ders (e.g. os­teo­poro­sis and bone metas­ta­sis).

On the is­sue of gen­der dis­par­ity in the field of biotech­nol­ogy, Ar­leen chron­i­cally said that there might have been a per­cep­tion that this in­dus­try was largely a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try in the past, but there have been many re­mark­able women that have risen the ranks in the field in the re­cent years. “The biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­try has cer­tainly set the pace for other in­dus­tries and sec­tors in terms of fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but there is def­i­nitely still room for more women lead­er­ship in ex­ec­u­tive and de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions”, she added.

Ar­leen Paulino gets in-depth about how women need self- em­pow­er­ment in the new era. “In the harsh and rapidly-evolv­ing busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in the world today, women need to re­main re­silient and ver­sa­tile, and boost our net­work­ing skills to achieve our am­bi­tions and busi­ness goals. We need to not stand in our own way and we need to support one an­other.”

As a se­nior leader at Am­gen, and with higher re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, VP of Sin­ga­pore Site Op­er­a­tions, Ar­leen feels quite em­pow­ered but also un­der­stands the true weight and au­ton­omy of her de­ci­sions. She pin­points that there is no safety net if she either makes the wrong de­ci­sion or fail to make timely de­ci­sions.

Am­gen boasts a long his­tory of man­u­fac­tur­ing, hav­ing es­tab­lished a very ex­ten­sive global net­work of fa­cil­i­ties that in­cor­po­rate con­ven­tional tech­nolo­gies and in­fra­struc­ture. “At Am­gen, our mis­sion is to serve pa­tients and we have a set of val­ues that guide us in how we should be­have in or­der to achieve that mis­sion. Th­ese val­ues are the foun­da­tion for our cul­ture and this has been a good guide to the cul­ture we need to build”, Ar­leen says proudly.

A travel and a food en­thu­si­ast, Ar­leen man­ages the de­mands of her high-oc­tane role in a global or­ga­ni­za­tion by fol­low­ing a five­pronged ap­proach: be­ing very or­ga­nized in her sched­ule, ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing with ev­ery­one, be­ing self-dis­ci­plined, tak­ing good care of her­self and ef­fec­tively pri­or­i­tiz­ing com­pet­ing de­mands on her time by not be­ing afraid to say a no when needed. She is an ar­dent be­liever that as long as we are learn­ing at the job, en­joy­ing the com­pany of the peo­ple we work with and get­ting a sense of ac­com­plish­ment in mak­ing a mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence, any role will be a re­ward­ing one.

AR­LEEN PAULINO

Vice-Pres­i­dent of Am­gen Sin­ga­pore Man­u­fac­tur­ing,

Sin­ga­pore

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