July 2011

Meet some of our members in industry

Cynthia Tuthill 

Senior vice president and chief scientific officer 
SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc.  
Foster City, Calif. 

How long have you been an ASBMB member? 
I think since 1984 (when I got my Ph.D.).

What is the focus of your company? 
Pharmaceuticals, with a focus on sales in China.

What is the focus of your research? 
Preclinical research for immune-modulating compounds. I don’t do the research myself but use collaborations with academic groups or with contract research organizations.

Why did you go into industry?
I wanted to make new medicines for people, to alleviate suffering.

Where do you see research in industry going in five to 10 years? 
I see more and more virtual companies like ours who use contract research organizations to do routine studies and academic collaborators to do development and discovery work.

With the economy improving, are you seeing any changes in your job or company? 
Yes. Our sales are strong and we have a good cash balance. Also I notice people are moving around from company to company again, moving up the ladder by moving into new positions in new companies.

Nicole Kresge (nkresge@asbmb.org) is the editor of ASBMB Today. 

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