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Michelle Higgin

Higgin’s diverse skills are helping her become a young leader within the biotech industry. After completing a postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, she joined PharmaDirections, a North Carolina-based company that provides scientific and strategic oversight to biotech and pharmaceutical start-ups. As the company’s biologics development manager, she wears many hats, serving as a scientific advisor to some clients and a business-development representative to others. She’s overseen clinical trials, managed drug formulation projects and completed key experiments. That broad perspective aids in her role on the national committee for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, one of the industry’s biggest professional associations.