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Executive Team > Mi K. Dong

Mi K. Dong
GSC Chief Scientific Adviser

Specialties: Pharmaceutical drug development, project management, licensing and development, and IP strategic management

Experience: Mi has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Mi previously served as director Intellectual Property Strategy Management in the Patent Group for Pfizer where she was responsible for leading IP lifecycle strategies and management of a portfolio of products. Prior to joining the legal division, she served as an assistant director in Licensing and Development identifying and licensing candidate compounds in the company’s drug development pipeline. She also worked as a senior project manager in Global Project Management at Parke-Davis and Company prior to its acquisition by Pfizer. There she was responsible for coordinating and managing drug development projects and working on product strategy from the lead compound stage through MAA and NDA submissions.

Achievements: At Parke-Davis, Mi was involved in all phases of many projects including gabapentin from submission, approval and launch of the gabapentin pediatric formulation (Neurontin®). She also guided pregabain (Lyrica®) development from the lead compound status to NDA filing. She also participated in the company’s naming contest submitting the winning tradename of Lipitor® for atorvastatin. Lipitor made history in the pharmaceutical industry by reaching more than $1 billion in sales within six months after entering the market.

Mi was a co-founder of Pfizer’s Career Development Committee, the founder of Pfizer’s Asian Network in Ann Arbor, and has served as a member of the advisory committee for Cultural Diversity, and chaired the subcommittee for expatriates. She also was one of the founding team members of the mentoring program at Pfizer as well as implemented the legal mentoring program for Pfizer Global Research & Development.

Education: Mi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Wayne State University

Community Involvement: Mi is the past-president of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan, and serves as a board member for two community-based non-profit organizations, which honored her with two service awards in 2009. She is involved with the Korean Asian Community Center, Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) and Asian Pacific Islander Vote (APIA Vote) and works on cultural, educational and civil rights issues. Mi frequently delivers motivational speeches to middle school and high school students. She has served as a panelist at the Women in Science conference in Washington D.C. and as a speaker at the Diversity Conference in New York City, and was a panelist at University of Michigan business school on the topic of “Rising Force of Asia Health Care.”

Personal: A native of Seoul, Korea, Mi shares many hobbies with her husband such as golfing, skiing, playing table tennis, reading, walking and ballroom dancing. She enjoys visiting her daughters who live in California and Arizona and taking yearly family trips with her daughters and sons-in law.


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