Debra brings to TrakCel over 22 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry and 11 within oncology and cell therapy. In particular, Debra’s experience, as Senior Director of Cell Therapy Business Optimization at Kite Pharma saw her direct the design, development and global launch of the Kite Konnect™ customer engagement platform, which supported the launch of Yescarta®, the first autologous CAR-T therapy for adult Large B Cell Lymphoma. Debra was involved in solving linguistic, cultural, regulatory, financial, IT, clinical and legal requirements for the product. Her key focus was in customer service, where she harnessed her industry knowledge and partnerships. This will be essential for her work with TrakCel. Furthermore, her role at Kite role enabled her to gather a considerable amount of clinical experience, working on the ground in with US and international hospitals.
Debra additionally acquired extensive clinical and commercial experience in her position as Senior Director of Commercial Operations at Celgene, where she directed the implementation of large transformation and enablement programs in support of Celgene’s Hematology/Oncology franchise. As a result of this acquired experience, Debra brings additional industry insight to TrakCel in bridging the clinical and commercial gap for clients.
Serving 12 years at Merck, as the Manager of Human Health client services, Debra developed exemplary client relationships through the account management of a $13 million project portfolio in support of the global sales & marketing organization. These skills will be an integral part of her new role at TrakCel.
“The cell and gene therapy industry is expanding and TrakCel is growing with the industry. When a company grows, it needs to make ongoing changes to develop. I hope to make a significant contribution to that change – with a key focus on the requirements for commercialization and standardization within the sector,” said Debra Susarchick, Chief Product Officer, TrakCel. “I am very excited to engage with TrakCel’s current and prospective customers, understand their unique business requirements and then partner with our very competent technology team to build out additional components and functionality that will continue to position TrakCel’s products as the premier selling cell therapy orchestration platform available.”