PDA Letter Article

PDA Southern California Chapter Congratulates PDA Student Chapter Grads

by PDA Southern California Chapter

The Southern California Chapter (SoCal) of the Parenteral Drug Association would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the graduating students that participated in the PDA Student Chapter established at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in May 2012 and their continuous commitment to this day. PDA is exceptionally proud of all you have accomplished and how you continue to honor our vision by maximizing product quality, availability, and value through Connecting People, Science, and Regulation® within the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical community.

Student PDA members have remained focused on their mission: developing into future leaders in the applied life sciences, establishing a culture of lifelong learning and professional development, and fostering stronger relationships between students and pharmaceutical/ biotechnology professionals. During that time, they have also aligned themselves closely with the PDA SoCal regional chapter. You have persevered, endured, and successfully navigated through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you transition from students to industry professionals advancing in your field, we hope that you use the skills you have honed toward extraordinary accomplishments—for yourselves, your communities, and for the world. As our way of congratulating you, the SoCal Chapter is gifting you all with graduation stoles and pins so you will remember all you have accomplished here at PDA.

On behalf of SoCal PDA, we hope you feel proud of your accomplishments and confident in your ability to rise to your next challenge. Congratulations!

Expressions of Gratitude from the Grads

Stephanie Lee “As the PDA Student Chapter President-Elect 2019 and current President, I have had the privilege of working with an incredibly talented, hardworking, and dedicated group of people on both the PDA SoCal and Student Chapter Boards.”

— Stephanie Lee, MBS 2021

Cathy Pham “I utilized my strengths and love of planning to assist in PDA’s mission for both my peers and the broader community. Through my commitment, SoCal PDA has given me opportunities to build my network and develop invaluable professional communication and event-planning skills. In addition, I’ve been able to have more meaningful discussions around current compliance issues because of PDA events!

— Cathay Ngan Pham, MBS 2021

Justin Ratzan-Wank “PDA has been more than a networking group for me. It has given me the ability to connect with industry professionals and develop relationships that will last me a lifetime. In addition, I am extremely appreciative of the commitment PDA has for students, whether that be hosting informative webinars or providing volunteer leadership positions and mentoring opportunities.”

— Justin Ratzan-Wank, MBS 2021

Divij Gulati “PDA SoCal Student Chapter is the most engaging club on campus that includes PDA-organized events at KGI for students, and larger-scale networking events with opportunities to network with many industry leaders. PDA has not only taught me how to network effectively but also provided me with opportunities to present my work to industry.”

— Divij Gulati, MBS 2021

Benjamin Nittayo“As I prepare to enter the industry to begin my career, I have the comfort that many of my colleagues from the PDA SoCal Student Chapter will be joining me. Together, we will continue to contribute to PDA’s mission of serving patients through advancing pharma/biopharma manufacturing science and regulation. The PDA mentorship program has also helped me tremendously with my professional development and shaped my specific career interests.”

— Benjamin Nittayo, MBS 2021

Aaron Jensen “PDA helped to integrate me into the biopharmaceutical field, provided the opportunity to network with industry professionals, and allowed me to move towards my passion. I am eternally grateful to the SoCal PDA chapter.”

— Aaron Jensen, MBS 2021