Yolanda Bell

What is your role at Enanta?
I oversee Enanta’s supply chain operations and currently manage a clinical supply team responsible for handling the “end to end” process as well as global distribution and transportation of clinical trial materials.

Why did you join Enanta?
I joined Enanta because I felt a strong team environment within the CMC team during the interview process.  I was also impressed by the company’s pipeline. What made me come here versus another company was the impressive pipeline.  I felt the company was innovative and would strive to advance the clinical pipeline and be successful because of the robust financial backing.

How did you get into the clinical supply chain field?
I got into the clinical supply chain field 25+ years ago at Janssen Pharmaceutical by chance. There was an opportunity in clinical supplies, I took it and I’ve been doing it ever since.  I love the complex logistics, the challenges and the feeling of accomplishment.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the Biopharmaceutical Industry?
The challenges of product development:

  • Cost of doing business
  • Productivity
  • Quality
  • Patient safety

What would be the one word to describe the team at Enanta?
Innovative

What is the best career advice you got when starting out?
Be your best self to do your best work.

What did you like to do when you were young that you wish you could do more as an adult?
Spending more time with my family.  As we have all become adults and started families we’ve moved and now we are spread out over the USA.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I love to cook and entertain. 

Maura Burke

What is your role at Enanta?
I was recently promoted to a Clinical Trial Associate.

Why did you join Enanta?
I was living on Cape Cod working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. I really wanted to move to the city and expand my horizons and I knew I wanted to continue to work in science in some capacity.

How did you get into the Clinical Research field?
By chance…or fate, however you want to look at it. I choose to believe there are no accidents in life. I came into science through the back door. I was working as an Executive Assistant and really wanted to get involved in the operational side of clinical trials. I worked my tail off for a few years to prove myself and I made it happen.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the biopharmaceutical industry?
Currently it is the significant supply chain disruptions we are facing. It’s difficult to conduct clinical trials when supplies are low, out of stock or simply unavailable. We’re having to think quickly on our feet to adapt to a changing landscape.

What would be the one word to describe the team at Enanta?
Resolute

What is the best career advice you got when starting out?
“Know your worth.” Criticism and rejection can take the wind out of your sails. If you really understand your worth on a gut level, and you align your head with your heart, I believe there are no limits to what you can accomplish!

What did you like to do when you were young that you wish you could do more as an adult?
Play! In particular – skiing, running, hiking.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I am a powder hound! I absolutely love skiing. I started skiing when I was 4 years old and have never stopped (except for when I tore my knee apart on a mogul run a few years ago but post-surgery and physical therapy I am back at it). I spend most of my weekends up in NH and Maine skiing. I save all my vacation time for ski trips out west (CO, UT, WY, CA, NV). Last year I bought I silver ski-suit on a lark and wore it to the mountains just for fun and it was a huge hit. My friends tell me I look like something from outer space! I don’t like the summer and I look forward to skiing season all year long!

Hillary Leonard

What is your role at Enanta?
I’m a Senior Financial Analyst for Research & Development.

Why did you join Enanta?
I wanted to work for a place that is helping people, while also building my experience to further in my career.

How did you get into Finance & Accounting work?
I majored in accounting in college because of the universal application in business. Every enterprise needs accounting, tax and finance support so the world opened up when I graduated college.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the biopharmaceutical industry?
Staying profitable to be able to pay competitive wages to top tier scientists while also making the drugs/products affordable for the patients who need them.

What would be the one word to describe the team at Enanta?
Teamwork

What is the best career advice you got when starting out?
Talk with your teammates who have been in the industry longer than you have and be willing to actively listen. Never shy away from asking questions.

What did you like to do when you were young that you wish you could do more as an adult?
Gymnastics!

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I love running, hiking and the general outdoors. I also enjoy spending time with my cat Pumpkin.

Brendan Luu

What is your role at Enanta? 
I lead business development, which involves the various aspects of negotiating and establishing key strategic partnerships for the company.

Why did you join Enanta?
I joined the company in January 2021 after having been working in Big Pharma for 17 years. I decided that I wanted to broaden my perspectives and work more in a smaller, entrepreneurial environment where I could make a real impact. 

How did you get into the business of business development? 
I became interested in M&A and deal making while attending business school in NYC. I did some networking in banking and eventually went into business development in the biopharmaceutical field because of my interest in medicine.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the biopharmaceutical industry?
The biggest challenge is how to get therapies to patients faster and more efficiently as an industry. The lightning pace in which highly effective vaccines and treatments have been developed and authorized for COVID-19 shows we have the capability to improve.

What would be the one word to describe the team at Enanta? 
Relentless

What is the best career advice you got when starting out? 
Knowing what you don’t want to do is also important.

What did you like to do when you were young that you wish you could do more as an adult?
Playing outside with friends!

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I love spending time outdoors, being active and enjoying nature. My favorite activities are hiking, running, skiing, and fishing with my family.

Jonathan Lloyd

What is your role at Enanta?
I am a biochemist and I work to develop and perform biochemical assays needed for Enanta’s biology program.

Why did you join Enanta?
I really liked that Enanta was a small but growing company that already had a product on the market which ensured stability for the company.

How did you get into the biochemistry field?
I’ve always known since a young age I wanted to help people when I was older. I started with Biomedical Engineering and in college and switched to pharmaceutical sciences which turned into my biochemistry job at Enanta.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the biopharmaceutical industry?
Funding. I feel like in a perfect world with unlimited funds, all avenues could be explored. I wouldn’t be surprised if many failed tested compounds for one disease might be beneficial for others. But without collaboration and funding to pursue these opportunities they never get explored.

What would be the one word to describe the team at Enanta?
Inclusive

What is the best career advice you got when starting out?
Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Cliché I know, but I was actually told this and it couldn’t be more true.

What did you like to do when you were young that you wish you could do more as an adult?
I had two dreams, I wanted to be the Boston Red Sox shortstop or the lead singer in a rock band. Neither came to fruition and I became a scientist, my third dream.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I enjoy reading, playing sports, video games and volunteering for special Olympics softball, football and basketball as a partner and coach.