Esther M. Alegria, Ph.D
Esther Alegria is Senior Executive Biopharmaceutical Advisor at Catalyst EA lending her R&D thru Commercialization expertizes of over 28-year experience to establish and start-up pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to becoming a Senior Executive Advisor she was the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Manufacturing at Biogen where she was responsible for the company’s successful manufacturing operations in Denmark, Massachusetts and North Carolina. These facilities cover world-class biopharmaceutical large-scale drug substance, medical devices assembly, finished goods and small molecule manufacturing operations. Prior to her role as Senior Vice President (SVP), Esther was the Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager of Biogen Idec’s Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina site, and moved to Hillerød, Denmark to lead the start-up of a second large scale facility, bringing it to commercial manufacturing licensure. Business NC Magazine selected Esther in 2009 as Woman Extraordinaire of the Year for being an influential leader within her company and for her impact on its economic success and forward-thinking strategies. Esther holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii and an Executive Business Management certification from Harvard Business School. Esther has lent her expertise to key industry education and advocacy groups including serving on the Advisory Board for North Carolina Biosciences Organization, Global Manufacturing BioPhorum Organization, Biotechnology Training and Education Center at NC State University, and the American Chamber of Commerce of Copenhagen-Denmark. In addition, she has served on BOD for non-profit organizations’ supporting the multiple sclerosis research & patient support and currently serves at the UAE-Union Atlantic Enterprises Board of Directors.