Industry Professionals

Steve St. Onge, PharmD, MBA

Steve St. Onge is the Director of Corporate Development for Paratek Pharmaceuticals, overseeing a team responsible for the strategic growth of the Company’s commercial and pipeline portfolios via in-licensing and out-licensing activities, along with mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to his role in corporate development, Dr. St. Onge spent 5 years in medical affairs and clinical development roles within the biotechnology sector, focusing on antibiotic drug development.  Preceding his transition into industry, Dr. St. Onge practiced as an ICU clinical pharmacy specialist at various academic centers.  Dr. St. Onge is a 2009 graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy and a 2017 graduate of The Van Loan Business School at Endicott College.

Stephen Esker, PharmD


Stephen Esker is a seasoned drug development professional, with 13 years of experience stretching across the virology and oncology therapeutic areas.  He spent the early part of his career in a number of medical affairs functions in US-based organizations, while over the recent years he has been focused on building large, multi-national teams on a global scale to support the launch of multiple new treatment modalities for the treatment of solid tumor malignancies.  An upstate New Yorker at heart, Stephen grew up in Scotia, NY and graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008.  Following graduation, he pursued a post-doctoral fellowship with the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship (RPIF) program in conjunction with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS).

Wilma Huang, PharmD, MBA


Wilma received her PharmD from MCPHS University, Boston. Currently, she is a Product Manager in the Oncology Marketing department at Seagen (Seattle Genetics). Seagen was also where she completed her post-doctoral fellowship training. In her role as a pharmaceutical marketer, she manages the development and execution of various HCP and patient promotional activities across multiple marketing channels. Most recently, she accepted an international assignment within the company and played a critical role in the commercial launch of a best-in-class agent for HER2+ breast cancer while supporting the continued growth of an antibody drug conjugate under the hematology franchise.

David Granger, PharmD


David recently graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in May 2020. As a former member of the ACPHS chapter of IPhO, he served as treasurer on the eboard and later as vice president. David began working as an Associate CMC Regulatory Sciences Specialist at Regeneron in January 2021. In his current role David supports regulatory filings for the Regeneron portfolio as part of the clinical submissions team. Presently he is supporting Regeneron’s Fel D 1 campaign, a single administration novel antibody cocktail used to control patients' allergic response to cat allergen.


Sona Patel

Dr. Sona Patel received her PharmD from the Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Claremont, CA. Upon graduation, Dr. Patel secured a fellowship position in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Advertising at REVHealth, a marketing agency based in Morristown, NJ. In addition to being a fellow, Dr. Patel works closely with IPhO as Co-Chief of the National Fellows Council where she leads the Student Development Committee.

Nicolas James

Dr. Nicolas James (Nick) is a global regulatory affairs fellow at UCB, in association with IPhO. At UCB, Nick has been contributing to the development of pipeline products from a regulatory perspective, and at times, leading cross-functional teams towards US and/or global submissions. Nick is also a Co-Chief of the IPhO National Fellows Council (NFC), through which he helps provide valuable career-developing content to both students & fellows.


Before entering a fellowship with UCB/IPhO, Nick studied at Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS), ultimately receiving his PharmD in 2020. While working towards his PharmD, Nick also received his MBA in Healthcare Management from Clarkson University.

Abigail Gardella

Dr. Gardella was a recent second-year postdoctoral Pharmacovigilance fellow at Biogen in Cambridge, MA through the MCPHS Fellowship Program. She completed her PharmD from MCPHS University in Manchester, Massachusetts. She is incredibly thankful for the mentors and learned so much about what it takes to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry. As a fellow, she was able to embrace the transition from school to the workforce with the support and knowledge of the industry’s leaders.

Anthony Hage 

Dr. Anthony Hage is a first-year postdoctoral fellow in Global Medical/Scientific Communications–Immunology at Sanofi Genzyme in Cambridge, MA through the MCPHS Fellowship Program. He received his BS in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his PharmD from MCPHS University–Boston where he gained experience in medical affairs, research, and various clinical settings.

Megan Gower

Dr. Megan Gower is currently a second-year Clinical Research and Drug Development fellow at UNC,PPD. She earned a BS in chemistry from the University of South Florida and a PharmD from South College School of Pharmacy. She became a member of the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) while in pharmacy school and founded a IPhO chapter in her program. She currently serves on the National Fellows Counsel (NFC) Student Development Committee (SDC) as a VIP Case Competition Lead, and looks forward to maintaining her organizational involvement as an industry pharmacist.

Internship Panel

Yidan Xu


Yidan (Eden) Xu is a P3 student at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. She is very interested in the pharmaceutical industry and last summer she interned at Gilead Sciences in the Medical Safety Science division. She is currently working for a local pharmaceutical company in St. Louis, Humanwell Pharmaceutical US as a Drug Discovery Intern working on researching non-addictive anesthesia therapy.

Lexie Villariasa 


Lexie is a 5th year (P3) pharmacy student at St. John's University. Throughout her education, she's gravitated towards non-traditional paths in pharmacy. As such, she's been interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly that of Medical Affairs or Clinical Development. With experience in the clinical, community, and research settings, she's had a few unique internships and experiences outside of pharmacy. When not immersed in studies, she dabbles around in creative outlets like graphic design and music.

P4 Students

Abou Bakr


I've always enjoyed venturing into different activities as a student, such as leading key pharmacy organizations, conducting research and more! Within that journey, I was able to realize my interest in Regulatory Affairs, and now look forward to exploring it further as a fellow. Outside of work/ pharmacy school, I enjoy working out and rarely ever miss a Knicks game. Please free to reach out, I'd love the opportunity to get to know you too!

Nicole Fuchs

Nicole Fuchs is a fourth-year pharmacy student from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Nicole always had a passion for mentoring younger student and has been consistently involved with IPhO at her local chapter and through the national organization. Nicole served as a past National Student Officer of Social Media & Marketing and is serving as the current the National Student Officer of Chapter Network Management. Nicole’s industry experience includes an introductory internship at Astellas Pharma, and a year-long internship with the MSL Capabilities team at Novartis. She also recently completed a Field Medical/Medical Strategy externship with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and an HEOR/Market Access externship at Xcenda. She looks forward to graduating in May 2021 and plans to move to New Jersey as she pursues a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Rehan Uddin


Rehan Uddin is a fourth-year student from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He discovered his passion for the industry through IPhO and participated in the IPhO VIP case competition, where he fell in love with Medical Affairs. Rehan worked as an EMT at Mohawk Ambulance and currently works at Hannaford Pharmacy. His industry rotation includes a Manufacturing and Labeling Externship at Janssen Pharmaceuticals and a Scientific Publication Externship at Pharmaceutical Research Institute where he authored a review article on Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Rehan was able to leverage his past experiences to obtain a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Affairs at TG Therapeutics in New York City. Rehan spends his free time playing basketball and chess with his friends. He aspires to graduate in May of 2021 and start his career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Jay Shah

My name is Jay Shah, I'm a fourth-year pharmacy student at D’Youville School of Pharmacy. I'm currently involved with IPhO, as the National Student Officer for Social Media and Marketing. This past year, I've had the opportunity to complete APPE rotations at Sanofi Genzyme in Global Medical Affairs (Rare Disease) and Athenex in Regulatory Affairs (Oncology). Upon graduation, I'll be completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship through BioNJ at Insmed and Amicus Therapeutics.

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Thank you to all our attendees and panelists for attending NERM 2021.


See you in 2022! 

IPhO Albany Chapter NERM Committee 

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