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DEC 2012

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Exclusive Life Science Feature How To Take Charge Of Your Manufacturing Process By Rob Wright JIM ROBINSON GREW UP JUST 20 MILES AWAY FROM MERCK'S MASSIVE, 397-ACRE, WEST POINT, PA, CAMPUS. His brother, a proud union member, has spent the past 37 years working on the Merck manufacturing line. During the course of his 29 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Jim tried to join his brother as a Merck employee, applying for a job six times. "They never responded to me," he admits. "It was quite demoralizing." He theorized that he must not meet the typical Merck hire profile. That all changed when one of his former Sanofi Pasteur colleagues, Jacks Lee, who joined Merck in 2007, recommended Robinson to fill a posi- tion in early 2010. Merck had just completed a merger with Schering-Plough and was in the process of a major restruc- turing, including considerable layoffs. Some might view this as a rather precarious time to come on board, especially if you don't fit the typical hiring profile. For Robinson, how- ever, the timing to become one of Merck's approximately 86,000 employees couldn't have been better. As the VP of vaccine product & technical operations, he explains the les- sons learned throughout his career which he feels can help improve vaccine manufacturing. 20 LifeScienceLeader.com December 2012

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