Otsuka Pharmaceutical development & Commercialization, inc. (OPdC)
‘‘otsuka’s medicines are used to treat patients all over the world. By utilizing data reflecting the diversity of these patients, we gain insight into their experiences, which aids in the development of safe and effective medicines,” says mirza rahman, md, mPH, senior vice President and Global Head of Pharmacovigilance at oPdc, a u.s. affiliate of otsuka Pharmaceutical company, ltd., of Japan. oPdc aims to develop innovative treatments for some of the most vexing medical problems within neuroscience, oncology, nephrology and cardiology.
oPdc’s President and ceo, William H. carson, md, an elc member, says, “We look like america.” according to Henrietta ukwu, md, facP, senior vice President and Global Head, Global Quality and Global regulatory affairs at oPdc, “dr. carson leads by example. We have established a diverse workforce simply by looking for the best talent, no matter where it may be found. and we encourage our diverse, talented people to be ‘wildly creative.’ this is our competitive advantage.”
to recruit a bright, hardworking, diverse group of physicians with innovative ideas and approaches, oPdc has been collaborating with the american college of Preventive medicine to provide new graduates the opportunity to join the pharmaceutical industry and learn and grow. “this is a risk many healthcare, research and governmental organizations are unwilling to take. it demonstrates the innovative thinking here at otsuka, which has resulted in some brilliant colleagues joining our organization,” reports dr. rahman.
“oPdc attracts people who seek opportunities to contribute and to grow, and who will persevere to overcome obstacles. ‘no Boundaries’ is one of otsuka’s cultural tenets, and it communicates a strong sense of empowerment,” explains dr. ukwu. “We want people who ask ‘why not?’” adds dr. rahman: “We try to give our colleagues clear direction and then get out of their way.” as dr. ukwu says, “the results speak for themselves.”
Henrietta ukwu, Md, FaCP Senior Vice President and Global Head, Global Quality and Global Regulatory Affairs at OPDC
Mirza rahman, Md, MPH Senior Vice President and Global Head of Pharmacovigilance at OPDC