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Key Elements of Virtual Life Sciences Companies with Lisa Helmonds

- 29 January 2019

Welcome to the first episode back in the new year! Your host, Mandy Gervasio, and her co-host, Philippe Gaudreau, the CEO of Solabs, are back to start a very interesting new series.


Continuing their mission to bring more clarity around the world of quality and automation in the area of life sciences, they’ve invited on a life sciences expert, Lisa Helmonds. Lisa is the Vice President of MWA Consulting and has over 30 years of industrial training in the areas of Manufacturing and Quality Assurance in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She has extensive GXP knowledge, has worked with several startups and large companies, and understands the challenges facing the industry.


This new series is the first of six parts about virtual companies in the life sciences space. In this particular episode, Lisa digs into the details of what a virtual company looks like and the unique advantages and challenges to consider in the virtual framework.


Be sure to keep tuning in for future episodes to hear the next five parts in this series!


Key Takeaways:

[:31] About today’s episode.

[1:22] More about today’s episode (the first part of a six-part series!) and today’s guest, Lisa Helmonds.

[1:55] Lisa introduces herself and talks about her background and current role at MWA Consulting.

[3:38] How Lisa defines a virtual company.

[5:47] Some of the advantages of being a virtual company.

[7:40] On the flipside, some of the disadvantages of being a virtual company.

[12:35] The biggest risks of not managing quality.

[17:00] Lisa outlines approaches to successfully managing quality at contract service providers, and key strategies and elements that would allow a virtual company to feel confident that quality is built into these partnerships.

[23:42] Lisa gives a preview of the next segment in this series.

[25:42] If you have any questions for this week’s guest expert, Lisa Helmonds, please contact her on LinkedIn. If you have any requests for the show or for Mandy Gervasio, you can contact her at Mandy.Podcast@Solabs.com.


Mentioned in this Episode:

MWA Consulting

Lisa Helmonds (LinkedIn)