Speaker Series

CUFSAA-NA Distinguished Speaker Series

Table of Contents

  1. Distinguished Speaker Series – Talk 05 (November 09, 2022 at 9:30am Eastern Time)
  2. Upcoming Talks of the Series
  3. Concluded Talks


The Next Talk of the CUFSAA-NA Distinguished Speaker Series organized in association with the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo will be delivered by Dr. Binodh de Silva on November 09th 2022, 9:30AM Eastern Time (November 09th 2022, 8:00pm Sri Lankan Time).  The details of the talk and ways to join and listen to the talk are described below.

Title: Developing a career as a scientist in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Speaker Bio: Binodh DeSilva Ph.D. Former Vice President, Lead Discovery & Optimization at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ. She was responsible for leading the high throughput screening, lead optimization, reagent generation in the small molecule discovery organization. Dr. DeSilva has broad and extensive experiences in the drug discovery and development process, where she spent the early years in the regulated bioanalytical function, moving to support CMC analytical for manufacturing, and the most recent experience in early drug screening.  She received her Bachelor’s in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Bioanalytical) in 1994 from the University of Kansas. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas from 1994-1995. She was at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Norwich, New York, from 1995-2001 and at Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA leading the bioanalytical team from 2001-2010. She joined BMS in November of 2010.

Dr. DeSilva is the Past President of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). In addition, she is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and the Health Care Business Women’s Association (HBA) NY/NJ metro chapter. She has been an active participant developing bioanalytical guidance, collaborating with the industry and regulatory colleagues and was a member of the programming committee for multiple Crystal City workshops, the Steering Committee of the Global Bioanalytical Consortium representing North America. Dr. DeSilva has published extensively on the topics of validation of Ligand Binding assays, use of emerging technologies to enable bioanalysis, scientific data driven decisions when validating the for regulated support etc. in peer reviewed journals. She has authored multiple book chapters on bioanalytical methods validation.  She has received many awards and accolades such as the 2020 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Distinguished Service Award, the 2020 Sino-American Professionals Association Distinguished Achievement Award, 2018 HBA Luminary, 2017 CPSA Distinguished Scientists, 2015 Wisdom Share International Mentor of the year.  She also serves on a couple of Scientific Advisory boards for CROs. Her passion is to solve analytical problems and to inspire junior scientists to unleash their full potential.

Abstract: Drug discovery and development is an interdisciplinary endeavor that spans approximately a decade or more.  This is a team sport that combines the fields of Chemistry, biology, clinical science, regulatory, manufacturing, finance, legal etc. with the ambition of serving patients with unmet medical needs.  As a ‘drug hunter’ it is imperative that scientists embrace this multi dimensionality not only in the pursuit of solving the scientific and technical problems but also broaden their understanding of the soft skills that is required.  During this discussion I plan to share my experiences from childhood to present shaped my career in both the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

How to Join: Speaker Series talks are delivered via ZOOM.

The talk will be on: November 09th, 2022 9:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 848 8473 1279
Passcode: 746394

The talk will be delivered via FB Live and YouTube Live. If you run into registration issues, please join us via FB Live or YouTube Live.


Upcoming Talks of the Speaker Series for 2023

  • Dr. Ranga Dias

Please visit this webpage often to see updates and to join us at upcoming talks of the series.


Concluded Talks of the Speaker Series

These are the concluded talks of the series available as on demand videos for you to view at your leisure.


CUFSAA Distinguished Speaker Series is organized by the Speaker Series subcommittee of CUFSAA-NA in association with the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo.  If you would like to contact the subcommittee please write to us at speaker-series@cufsaa.org. We are particularly interested in hearing from our members with topic and speaker suggestions. Thank you!

CUFSAA Speaker Series – Introductory Video