Mariacristina Castelli
Executive Director – Clinical Pharmacology
Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 
“I am passionate about being in the manufacturing environment where science and technology continuously feed one another. As a pharmaceutical scientist, I find it extremely rewarding being part of a team empowered to use scientific knowledge and innovation to transform an idea to a product that will ultimately benefit patients.”

Born and raised in Italy, Cristina earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacokinetics from the University of Parma, Italy in 1996. She was among the few selected to participate in a NATO advanced pharmacology meeting and received a full scholarship to conduct her graduate research in the United States. Noven, which she joined in 2011, has proven to be the perfect fit as Cristina introduced the company to pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation strategies. Noven is now using this tool to facilitate decisions such as the selection of lead drug candidates and optimal study design.

Cristina has been recognized for her contributions twice with Platinum Awards. For her efforts in the FDA approval of the first non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes, Cristina received Noven’s Breakthrough Achievement Award, the most prestigious employee award recognizing groundbreaking achievements and high levels of performance.

Cristina genuinely enjoys her role as a mentor and takes pride in the success of her team which is comprised of nine individuals, eight of which are women. She is a genuine believer in the importance of understanding each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Cristina believes that mentoring is done by example and makes sure her team feels her constant presence, especially during busy times. As manager, she encourages her team to take advantage of opportunities which allow them to better achieve their goals.

Following the death of Cristina’s husband, she began organizing fundraising campaigns for Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization whose mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, supporting patients, their families and caregivers. She is a supporter of NYC public schools and an active single parent. For several years she has given scientific lectures at Bard Queens High School and Early College.

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