We were privileged to have Dr. Peter J. Ramsey, Vice President, Global R&D for Pain Management and Site Leader for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in Richmond, VA visit the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 along with one of his colleagues, Dr. Mallik Karamsetty, Principal Technology Scientist II from the same site. In spite of their busy schedules, Drs. Ramsey and Karamsetty came to our campus at the invitation of our very own Dr. William Stagner (http://www.campbell.edu/cphs/faculty/faculty-members/dr.-william-stagner) and spend the whole day talking with our faculty and students. They toured the Pharmaceutical Education & Research Center (PERC) and the Maddox Hall laboratory facilities to see the variety of equipments we carry for our students to use. Dr. Ramsey closed his visit with a highly motivating presentation to a joint meeting of our three student professional organizations: the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), and the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) which was attended by more than 60 students and faculty. He stayed for almost an hour after the presentation to talk one-on-one with the students while enjoying pizzas and beverages.
With bold enthusiasm and passion Dr. Ramsey described his career path and current responsibilities. Under the title of “Branding, Science and Innovation in Consumer Healthcare” he described several Pfizer consumer products, which had been recently introduced or significantly improved, with insightful background stories. He described how continuous research and development is necessary to enhance efficacy and keep these products on the competitive edge from a consumer marketing perspective. He highly commended our BS and MS programs, and told our students how lucky they are to have excellent faculty members and high quality laboratory facilities, such as PERC. He encouraged our students to apply for summer internships at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. In order for our students to be competitive in the current job market, beyond the excellent technical knowledge and skills they gain in our program, he advised them to develop a positive attitude, remain teachable, operate with the highest integrity and reliability, and build effective teamwork capabilities.
When I contacted Dr. Ramsey to comment on his visit, this is what he had to say – “It was our pleasure to spend the day with the Campbell University faculty and students. We were very impressed with the rich heritage and experience of the faculty and their dedication to student education. The strong curriculum coupled with the practical application of scientific principles prepares students for successful entrance into their career area of interest. Campbell students are fortunate to have such dedicated and experienced faculty to guide and mentor them.”
After the presentation. From the left, Dr. Shin, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Stagner, Pratibha Koneru (ISPE Student Chapter President), Vaishnavi Dodwadkar (PDA Student Chapter President), Dr. Peter Ramsey, Dr. Mallik Karamsetty, Pranshu Shrivastava (AAPS Student Chapter President), Dr. Gupta & Dr. Diliberto (PS Department Chair)