Dawn Watson

Merck & Co., Inc.
Director, Microbial Control
Dawn is a Director of Engineering for Merck & Co. She works in the Sterile & Validation Center of Excellence managing a team that leads and executes global initiatives targeted to proactively address quality and compliance risks in the sterile network while driving continuous improvement. Additionally, her team provides microbial contamination control and sterile manufacturing expertise to resolve critical production issues, develop innovative solutions, and ensure network alignment with industry and regulatory expectations. She is an active member in the Parenteral Drug Association and BioPhorum Operations Group. She has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically focused on sterile products including vaccines, therapeutic proteins and small molecules. She is trained and certified in Six Sigma and Change Management. She has held positions in validation, manufacturing and research and development throughout her career with Merck.