ISPE SD Young Professionals: Tips for Early Career Professionals


ISPE San Diego Young Professionals and UCSD Student Chapter

Tips for Early Career Professionals:
What to expect when entering the industry and advice for advancing your career

Free to Attend!

Additional Sponsorships Available


Event Details

ISPE San Diego is teaming up with the UCSD Student Chapter of ISPE to host a joint event aimed to provide early career professionals and students who will soon be entering the workforce some insights into the life sciences industry and advice on starting and building on a career. All are welcome to attend. Food and drinks will be provided during registration.

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5:30-6:00pm - Registration and Food Served
6:00-7:00pm - Speaker Presentations
7:00-8:00pm - Panel Q&A/Networking Session



Brad Lozan, General Manager, Azzur West
Brad Lozan is a leader with nearly 20 years in the life science industry. He currently leads an amazing team at Azzur West, which provides project management, engineering, validation and quality consulting services to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device clients. He enjoys mentoring engineers to achieve their full potential and is passionate about promoting equality and diversity and the importance of understanding and driving company culture. Prior to joining Azzur, Brad was Director of Maintenance, Metrology & Critical System Operations at Teva Pharmaceuticals. He has directly managed organizations of 100+ and has been an entrepreneur as the CEO of A.D. Brown General Engineering Contractors, where he performed equipment installations and facility modifications for life science clients.

Leo Castaneda, President/CEO, AES (Automation Engineering Systems)
Leo Castaneda serves as President and CEO at AES and is directly responsible for company vision and client relations. Leo has been working within the biotechnology and process controls industry for over 20 years. Leo has been involved in many plant scale and large equipment start-ups, including 2L to 25KL bioreactors, centrifuges, clean in place skids, chromatography skids, ultrafiltration and diafiltration, media/buffer preparation skids, tangential flow filtration, homogenized, and cell banking. Leo’s latest position as President of AES has given him the opportunity to apply his industry knowledge and experience to lead a company from the ground up. He believes that AES is the key for all companies looking to apply the industry’s best practices for their projects and technologies. Leo brings a strong sense of dedication, principals, and leadership which has always displayed through AES, namely; science, engineering, hard work, and innovation.

Christina Costa, Scientist, Neurocrine Biosciences
Christina started her studies in community college, where she obtained associates degrees in math, physics, and chemistry. She then transferred to UCSD where she received a BS in Chemical Engineering. While in college she interned for two years with a pharmaceutical contract research organization (CRO), where she worked both in formulation development and preformulation/material science. After graduating, she started working for Neurocrine Biosciences where she has been now for just under two years. She is a Material Scientist, working in collaboration with many departments from early discovery through commercial manufacturing in order to characterize and develop drug product materials.