John Wilson, MS, RTTP

Academic Liaison Director

Candidate Biography

My didactic and scientific background provides a strong foundation for my analytical style. Over the past 21 years, I have worked for GSK in various roles with increasing responsibility.   I began as a bench scientist and developed into a pre-clinical toxicologist/project representative within our Safety Assessment group.  I have worked in a regulatory environment within GSK, exposed to all aspects of pre-clinical development within and external to GSK.  In 2014 I moved into a role within our Academic Liaison group and have gained extensive experience and recognition for my abilities to support collaborations with Academic and Non-Profit Organisations. Additionally, I served as the Inclusion and Diversity lead for my department for 3 years.

My most distinguishing characteristic is my ability to apply my broad experiences to abstract tasks.  I am a person with technical aptitude and an interest in managing business practices to optimize performance.  I have a strong desire to research projects extensively to identify commonalities of success, as well as failure.  My 21 years of pharmaceutical experience has given me a solid knowledge base of the drug development process, as well as business development collaborations/negotiations. It is important to have a balanced and strategically thinking Board representing all “sides” of the academic-industry interface. I strongly believe that my depth of experience with our “outside” partners, ability to work with senior leadership and board members, both internally and externally, in a matrix environment would be a benefit to my success in this role. 

Candidate Q&A

What experience do you have working on or with a strategic Board of Directors?

I work internally and externally with Senior Leaders and Boards for strategic alliance partners. These boards focus on leveraging scientific expertise between the parties and my role is to align the partnership as a win-win relationship.

Please include a brief description of your volunteer experiences within AUTM.

I have volunteered on the annual planning committee for the last 4 years and also serve as a session lead for the moderators.

Why do you want to join the AUTM Board of Directors?

I want to foster the mission of AUTM, and its Membership, around the foundation for the development of a better partnership of Academics and Industry for Scientific Innovation.

Have you served in a volunteer leadership role for other organizations? If so, please explain.

I volunteered as the Inclusion and Diversity lead for my division at GSK and was part of the leadership team for the initiative.

If elected by the Membership to the Board, would you consider serving as Chair? Please explain.

I would consider serving as the chair with support from the AUTM Board and my leadership within GSK.

Please share personal strengths that you believe would be valuable to the AUTM Board and/or the strategic direction of the Association?

Active listening and implementation of inclusive objectives. The AUTM Board is critical in crafting the direction of AUTM that includes everyone's ideas and initiatives across the spectrum of membership

What special experience do you have in driving and implementing a strategic plan?

I drive engagements that leverage the best practices within Academic Institutions and GSK, these collaborations range from standard post-doctoral style research, to strategic alliances utilizing the Institutions Budget, Federal Grants and GSK research funding to ensure win-win collaborations.

How do terms of  the position (both responsibilities and time commitment) fit with your other responsibilities? Will you have any conflicts of commitment between your full-time position and your volunteer time on the AUTM Board?

I have discussed the opportunity with my line manager and department head, they both support my commitment to AUTM and know that I can manage the opportunity and any conflicts through time management

AUTM is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion both on the Board and on behalf of our Members. Briefly describe how your experiences can contribute to the Association’s growth in this area.

I have served as the division lead for GSK under the direction of the GSK Corporate I&D Committee and participated in activities, learning programs and implemented those across my division for both in-person and virtual trainings

Is there anything else you would like AUTM Members to know about you before they vote?

My goal is continue AUTM's Mission and excellence in the partnership of Academia and Industry to ensure that scientific development and equitable engagements are paramount to the remit AUTM has to its members.