As A Trusted Commercial Consultant:
"Michael is consummately professional, eloquent and knowledgeable when working with clients and colleagues. He has an easy manner that is very engaging and his expertise, gained from working in both Pharma, Biotech and CRO, give him a deep well of experience to draw from.
Michael's ability to prepare well and listen to clients carefully is key. His respectful approach ensures that he doesn't make assumptions, instead he has an evidence-based approach that brings real value in his interactions with all stakeholders. Perhaps even more important is Michael's follow up, in that he keeps his promises and works closely with his colleagues to deliver successfully alongside him.
It's a pleasure working with Michael and I learn from him during every interaction we have."
Vice President, Customer Strategy, PAREXEL International
"I've been fortunate enough to be in a position to hire Michael Young for multiple projects and to serve as a senior-level strategic consultant. Michael is a very accomplished pharmaceutical marketing executive who is well-rounded and incredibly well-networked within the industry. Michael's background of building and working within world class marketing operations at global life sciences companies makes him a valuable resource.
Having access to Michael's deep expertise has enabled us to provide a level of service, therapeutic area expertise and big pharma marketing nous that few of our competitors are able to offer. I would work with Michael again in a heartbeat.
Last but not least, perhaps the highest recommendation of all that I can give Michael is that he has become a valued friend and trusted confidant both to me and my business partner."
President, JFK Communications
CEO, BioCore Medical Communications
"It is a pleasure for me to recommend Michael Young. I had the opportunity to work with Michael at Eisai, Inc. in various capacities. Michael is a respected, high energy leader. He has a broad network and is highly regarded among thought leaders in the oncology industry. Michael has both broad and diverse biopharmaceutical experience, but most importantly he can deliver results for an organization. I would recommend Michael for senior executive roles in the biopharmaceutical industry."
Founder and Principal, Innovation Partners, LLC
As an Award-Winning Marketing Professional:
"Having worked closely with Michael in the past, I can attest to not only his superior leadership skills but also his passion for the business and oncology in particular. He is the consummate professional who is driven by doing what is best for the patient, and ensuring that others around him do the same. Michael has a knack for being a strategic visionary while never losing sight of the important details necessary to execute his or his teams' plans. He takes his role seriously but also knows when to lighten up and have fun (appropriately so). He elevates the performance of others around him, whether it be direct reports or his peers. He represents what is "right" about executives in Pharma: intelligent, passionate about the business, strategic, and willing to work hard. Most importantly, those who reported to him always felt appreciated and that Michael wanted nothing more than to see them succeed. I respectfully submit this recommendation for Michael."
Kristin Ficks Ainsworth
Vice President Global Marketing, Celgene Corp.
"It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Michael Young as a smart and thoughtful leader who understands science, people, and the management of both. As colleagues in different divisions of Eisai, a Japanese pharma, Michael provided commercial support, encouragement, and thorough clinical understanding of initiatives that I was attempting to drive, to expand the reach of an approved oncology therapeutic to benefit larger numbers of patients. I could count on Michael to provide greater than 100% effort, coupled with a clear understanding of the global and intra-company challenges and best paths to overcome those in the quest for success. Michael will be an asset to everyone who has the opportunity to work with him."
Mary (Vermeulen) Woodall-Jappe
Principal Scientist, Eisai Research Institute
"Michael Young is a forward-thinking strategic leader. He easily grasps the big picture, yet also has great attention to detail. As a manager, he effectively leverages each team member's strengths to work through complex issues. If you are looking for a creative problem-solving leader, seek out Michael Young."
Senior Director, Business Development, Forest Laboratories
"Michael Young is a masterful connector and an inspiring mentor. If you think networking is about glad-handing and back-slapping, watch Michael and see what networking really is.
You'll see a genuine interest in people, and in organizations: who they are, what they do and where they're headed. Ask about any of his 5000 LinkedIn connections or their organizations. Michaelpedia can tell you about them and how they might work with you. The connections are real.
He's an expert at forging and maintaining alliances: between companies and international branches of companies; with partners in marketing and distribution; with professional associations as well as with individual professionals.
That talent with people, that knowledge of the industry and the connections he makes speak to the professional generosity that make Michael Young a valued partner and an inspiring mentor. He creates win-win situations at the C-level and can-I-be-you? aspirations at the entry level."
Senior Pain Specialty District Business Manager, Pfizer
"I had the pleasure of working with Michael as Organon and Ligand co-promoted Avinza. Michael is a consummate professional with a rich background in the pharmaceutical arena. He is a bright strategic thinker who has the ability to cut to the chase on identifying key issues and how to differentiate his product in the market place. He possesses excellent platform skills and is a strong communicator. He has a disarming sense of humor and is a strong team player. I would jump at the chance to work with him again!"
Vice President Business Development, Amedisys Home Health
As a Collaboration Management Professional:
"Michael is a talented professional in alliance management. He is very effective at identifying and establishing prospective partnerships for PPD. He brings an ability to build networks quickly and manage them effectively while creating trust and building confidence easily. Michael also works to create innovative solutions for his accounts while ensuring alignment with PPD's strategic and financial needs."
Tracy Felts Hervey
Executive Director, Alliance Management, PPD
"I have worked closely with Michael for three years. Michael has been a tremendous resource, providing coaching and guidance around the key principles of Alliance Management. He has a gift for building strong relationships with colleagues and customers; no doubt a result of his communication skills and his extensive experience. Michael is a true servant leader and I have benefited greatly both personally and professionally as a result of working with him."
Senior Director, Business Development, PPD
"Many things can be said about Michael, but I'll say he is an inspiration. Michael possesses a seemingly endless amount of energy and passion for the work he does. As a supervisor, Michael showed great care about my professional development, my long-term career goals, and my family.
He is sincere, approachable and believes in his team. He encourages his direct reports to dive-in on projects and own them, and ensures that we have what we need to get the job done right the first time. He is committed to work-life balance for his staff and his coaching style, manner and approach are endearing.
Michael is fearless and asks the questions that need to be asked in order to ensure his understanding is clear and precise. He is very knowledgeable and is a great mentor and coach.
Alliance Manager, Eisai Inc.
"I worked with Michael when he was at Eisai, our partner for one of our products in the US. He demonstrated a good knowledge and understanding of the oncology and supportive care markets. He also has the ability to work across disciplines (legal, regulatory, clinical, business development and marketing) and a strong desire to support Helsinn (a strategic partner for Eisai). Lastly, he also pays careful attention to cultural and corporate differences in order to support the alliance."
Alliance Senior Manager USA & Canada, Helsinn Healthcare
"Through our alliance development work in pain management, I had the opportunity to witness Michael's skilled interactions with non-profit communities. Michael's brain trust was extremely valuable to these groups. He is not only the consummate professional who offers thoughtful and helpful insight, his warmth and genuine manner draw people to him. Besides the enormous respect that Michael enjoys in the non-profit community, he is also well respected among his peer group and is viewed as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry."
As an Experienced Advocate for Patients and Patient Organizations:
Executive Director, Purdue Pharma LP
"During my work with Michael Young in his capacity as a member of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation's Board of Directors, he has been instrumental in helping the Foundation achieve transformational growth in vital areas of the organization including strategic planning, resource development and fundraising, communications, programming and advocacy. His extraordinary vision coupled with his willingness and keen ability to undertake and accomplish initiatives that deliver results make him an invaluable asset to the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation and, most importantly, to the patients we serve who benefit so greatly from Michael's heartfelt passion for the Foundation's mission, the needs of our patients, and our steadfast commitment to improving the lives of our patients. With Michael's longtime involvement and support, the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation has become the premier and only worldwide organization dedicated to providing comprehensive programs, resources and support for cutaneous lymphoma patients and others affected by cutaneous lymphoma. As the Foundation continues to grow and expand all that it does to help patients living with cutaneous lymphoma, Michael's continued leadership and support will play a key role in our growth and will help ensure that the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation makes sure that each person with cutaneous lymphoma gets the best care possible for years and years to come."
CEO, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation
Partial List of Valued Collaboration Partnerships
Abbvie Actelion Acurian Therakos Helsinn Cephalon / TEVA Archimedes
Geneuity / MPI Grupo Ferrer GSK J&J VirtualScopics Medidata Solutions
Oracle Life Sciences Pfizer iCardiac Technologies Forest Research Institute
ChanTest Corporation Exco InTouch