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Theresa Britschgi, Senior Project Manager, supports AAHI's cGMP manufacturing, quality control, and quality assurance teams by liaising with partners to produce AAHI adjuvant formulations and saRNA-NLC vaccine technology for Phase 1 and 2 human clinical trials around the world. With a global health background, Theresa is dedicated and committed to creating access to life-saving health solutions and is passionate about fostering partnerships to advance accessible vaccines worldwide.  

I enjoy this opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in vaccine technology, that I really personally feel is the best way to transform health for people worldwide.

What does a day at AAHI as a Senior Project Manager entail?

Hi, I'm Theresa Britschgi and I have the pleasure of working at the Access to Advanced Health Institute. I am a Senior Project Manager with the GMP group, and I get the opportunity to support teams that are working in Manufacturing, Quality Control, and also in Clinical Regulatory.
On a day-to-day basis, I get to come in and check in with correspondents with partners from all over the world to find out what is the excitement they have on their minds about using and leveraging our vaccine platforms and adjuvants. And then checking in with the manufacturing team to see if they have everything, they need to get started with a run in our GMP suite then also checking in with partners who often have a lot of questions about how their materials are holding up in terms of shelf life and stability by connecting with our quality control teams.

What's your favorite part of working at AAHI?

One of the reasons I really enjoy working at AAHI is that while I am trained as a Scientist, I enjoy this opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in vaccine technology, that I really personally feel is the best way to transform health for people worldwide.

Additionally, what really attracts me to working at AAHI are the people. They are incredibly interested and motivated in making small tweaks and big leaps in improving the performance of both our drug products and those around the world.

Why did you pursue a career in Seattle?

Working at AAHI here in Seattle is a natural fit for me as I grew up in the Northwest. I'm from a small group of islands below the Canadian border called the San Juan Islands and getting involved with the University of Washington research space and then later on working for a variety of biotech companies in the Seattle area, I was really pleased that I could still stay within this ecosystem and environment of killer whales and beautiful birds and outdoor living while being connected to research organizations that are respected worldwide.

What is your advice for people interested in becoming a Senior Project Manager?

Someone who is interested in being a project manager and they come in ask me questions about that kind of work I say to them that it is important to have a baseline understanding of the science and also appreciate that people do their best work if they are invited to contribute, if you ask them what they are interested in, people management skills, or people engagement is such an important part of a vital work environment. So, for those who are interested in working in project management its ideal to have a science background, but it's essential to have a real respect for your fellow coworker.

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