Joe Panarese

What is your role at Enanta?
I am a Group Leader in the Medicinal Chemistry Department.

Why did you join Enanta?
After finishing my postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, I applied for a position at the company. I was impressed by the pipeline, leadership team, and their history of success – so I gladly accepted a position when it was offered.

How did you get into the field of Medicinal Chemistry?
After completing Ph.D. studies in natural product total synthesis, I started to learn about the biological activity of the compounds that I was making in the lab. I wanted to further my understanding on how different chemical compounds exert different biological effects in cells and in animals.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the biopharmaceutical industry?
I think the biggest challenge will be keeping the next generation of students excited about studying Chemistry and Biology to ensure that we continue to develop and recruit the top talent in the world to work in our field.

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

What is the best career advice you got when starting out?
Always keep the big picture in view – use logic and critical thinking skills to solve small problems along the way to realize the broader goal.

What did you like to do when you were young that you wish you could do more as an adult?
Play in organized sports leagues!

What do you do for fun when you’re not at work?
I love to play 9 or 18 holes on the golf course.