Debra Robinson

NKGen Biotech
VP, Program Management

Area of Expertise
The expertise that I will bring to the program is my experiences as a female leader in the life sciences. A quote from Ginny Rometty that has always resonated with me has been: “I learned always to take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” As a female leader, I’ve always brought my passions, convictions, and positive energies to my innovative efforts and the exercise of leadership. The expertise that I will l bring to the program specifically are:
• Insights on women’s leadership qualities, strengths, and leadership styles related to the value of organizational and communal relationships.
• Strategies on managing your energy effectively for work/life balance and providing guidance on utilizing the action plan to ensure you are better focused on your well-being and your organization’s health.
• High-performing team-building strategies and guidance on how to communicate with a dynamic workforce to face head-on the challenges, and barriers for inclusion and diversity.

Debra Robinson brings over 17 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, covering all product development and commercialization stages in hematology/oncology, immuno-oncology, and oncology therapeutic areas. Ms. Robinson is currently the Vice President of Program Management at NKGen Biotech. Before joining NKGen Biotech, Ms. Robinson was the Executive/Senior Director of Program & Alliance Management at Maverick Therapeutics (acquired by Takeda).

She led the global cross-functional planning and alliance management for the COBRA™ programs in solid tumors. While at Coherus Biosciences, Inc and Jazz Pharmaceutical, she led cross-functional planning for the U.S. approval and launch of UDENYCA® and the U.S. launch of Defitelio®. Earlier in her career, Ms. Robinson spent nine years at Amgen in increasing roles of responsibility, including the last 2.5 years as Director, Global Program Management – Strategic Operations and Commercialization. Ms. Robinson managed the development and life-cycle activities for a small portfolio of pipeline and marketed assets.

Ms. Robinson started her industry career at Takeda Pharmaceutical as an Associate Project Management consultant. Ms. Robinson earned B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA and Master of Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

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