Associate Spotlight – Sharon Inyang
Learn more about Sharon Inyang, R&D Senior Scientist and her experiences working as part of the PDI Interventional Care team.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your role at PDI?
Inyang: My role at PDI is R&D Senior Scientist for Interventional Care Marketed Products. In my role, I work on product improvements, which range from chemical changes, formulation updates, as well as material (applicator) changes. With the growth of PDI, I’m also able to work with external manufacturers.
Q. What does “Be the Difference” mean to you?
Inyang: “Be the Difference” means more than just getting the project done. It is to truly understand the purpose of what you are doing to make a bigger impact for the end-user.
Q. Are there any unique / exciting projects you have been able to work on while at PDI?
Inyang: Since starting at PDI, I’ve worked mostly on marketed products. Having that opportunity to make improvements to products based on user insight is really exciting. To be able to provide the end-user a redesign of a current product with features that help their daily work routing, as well as hearing their feedback (that to me is very exciting)! It’s exciting knowing that I’m able to contribute on these projects that help not only keep the patients safe but also make the professional users task easier.
Q. What impact do you feel your function has had on the industry, particularly during COVID?
Inyang: During COVID-19, the impact on my function was a shift in priorities, to ensure that a we provided qualified raw materials that would keep continuous supply to manufacturing. This included working closely with a cross functional team to prioritize chemical raw material qualifications, as well as conducting testing of the raw materials to certify they were within our product specifications.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies or fun facts you could share?
Inyang: I really love organizing and cleaning. I put good music on, stopping several times to dance in between, by time I’m done, I’ve burned a ton of calories.
Q. How long have you been with PDI and why have you decided to stay with the company?
Inyang: March of this year will make it 4 years that I’ve been with PDI. I’ve stayed with the company because I’m able to work on a diverse Interventional Care portfolio. I get to work alongside an awesome team. Even with how hectic 2020 was, our Tuesday evening virtual team meetings were really nice to catch up on projects and of course have a good laugh.
Q. How has the company evolved since you joined?
Inyang: When I started at PDI, employees/functions were divided in three different buildings: one in Montvale N.J., and two in Orangeburg, N.Y. Now, we have one location! And the growth of PDI is amazing. Even though we have been virtual for the last year, having moved to Woodcliff Lake (pre-COVID-19) allowed for better collaboration. It made the shift to virtual much easier as the relationships were built.