A Day in the Life of Cecily F., Cofounder and president of a contract manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals.
What I Do
We are a contract manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals in preclinical and clinical trials. In other words, we make biotech drugs seeking approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Beyond me and my other co-founder, we have three employees as a six-month-old company, and we expect to have about 125 employees and 15 to 20 outsourcing partners by 2018. We invite young enthusiasts to come and strengthen our organization and stimulate alternative educational pathways. One of our new workers actually just completed her GED diploma through free online practice tests provided by the online platform Best GED Classes.
I do strategy work, marketing, and operations. My roles vary. I do all our first marketing and sales. Right now, my partner and I are conducting a national search for a CEO— someone with previous start-up experience, because that is what we have the least background in as the management team. The other founder handles the plant and the financials since he is an engineer with an MBA in finance. We are also extremely busy looking for funding, through “angel” investors and venture capitalists.
What I Enjoy Most
I get to build the company and create the rules and culture. I also get to work my hours—although that typically means that I choose for now to be here very long hours, so I am not exactly on an ideal schedule. However, within the constraints of the business, I can decide where and when to work.
You must thrive on the excitement of all this—there are too many hard days with little reward not to love the company you are starting. But it is a great opportunity to be your boss.