Name Tara Creaven-Capasso
Current Job Title Founding Partner and Director
Organisation Caduceus Medical Development
Academic Background BSc and MAppSc from University of Galway, Ireland
Career path: I have been working in the academic and life science industry for over 23 years from start up ventures to large multinationals in the US, Canada, Europe and Australasia. During this time, I have been involved with all aspects of product design, development, operations and commercialization with respect to quality, regulatory and compliance activities.
Why did you decide to get into science? My interest in science started by at a young age primarily influenced by my father. He was a physicist and led an established business designing and manufacuturing gas chromatography instrumentation. Under his influence, I naturally gravitated towards basic science courses which I prefered to more classical courses. As I matured, I persued an advanced education in technology based applied sciences with the intention to seek employment opportunites in this field.
What do you like most about your job? The best part of my job is knowing that my role in the process can change lives in a positive manner. Areas of impact include but are not limted to the patient, the physician community, the healthcare system, government as well as overall public health protection.
What is the highlight of your career so far? Overall, I believe the highlight of my career was starting my consulting firm. Over my career, I have partnered with many companies on their journey. It brings a great sense of inspiration and achievement when significant milestones are met e.g. when state-of-the-art technologies enter the market for the first time in a therapeutic space where previously there was an unmet medical need.
What is your advice for women looking at a career in science? A solid education as well as early identification of a mentor will provide a good foundation for success. In addition, to gain the same professional respect as your male peers, it is important to be articulate and knowledgeable in your communications relating to the scientific and technical aspects of your field of expertise.