An Entrepreneur’s Journey: From Law, to Pharma, to Start-Up Success

Adrienne Choma, Esq., Co-founder & Member of the Board of Directors, Saladax Biomedical, Inc.

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ABSTRACT

The journey to founding start-up Saladax Biomedical was no linear path for Adrienne Choma. After obtaining her J.D. from New York University, Ms. Choma started her career at a traditional pharmaceutical corporation. She thrived in the pharmaceutical industry and held a variety of senior leadership positions at three corporations throughout the course of her career. At each turn along the way, Ms. Choma gained key insights into what it takes to succeed in corporate America while also gaining a depth of knowledge of the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Choma shares this journey with us, exploring each of the formative drivers in the process of her career as she discovered her own characteristics in becoming an entrepreneur and founder of Saladax Biomedical.

BIOGRAPHY

Ms. Choma has been working in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries throughout her career. In 2004, she used her business acumen, global business experience and entrepreneurial spirit to co-found Saladax Biomedical, Inc., a growing international precision medicine and companion diagnostics company in the oncology and central nervous system disease fields. Saladax is developing and commercializing simple blood tests that help oncologists more precisely dose chemotherapy drugs for individual patients, resulting in lower toxicities and better treatment outcomes. Saladax has also developed state-of-the-art tests for early identification of progression to Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to Saladax, Ms. Choma held senior leadership positions at Hoffman-LaRoche, Roche Diagnostics and Alfa Wasserman, Inc. Ms. Choma earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her J.D. degree from New York University where she was a recipient of the Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship. In 2013, Ms. Choma was one of twelve recipients of the national EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award.

EVENT DETAILS

Date:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time:
4 - 5 p.m.

Location:
Babbio 122
Stevens Institute of Technology
Online via Blackboard Collaborate