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James Samanen, President James Samanen Consulting
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Phone 610-983-9602

Brief Bio
James is a pharmaceutical consultant with a track record of 30+ years leadership and innovation in drug discovery, project & portfolio management, and portfolio data analysis at GlaxoSmithKline.

James served as Director of Portfolio Management helping to develop and implement worldwide Portfolio Management for GlaxoSmithKline Discovery and Genetics Research businesses encompassing 2000 staff and $400M. He led the development of many of the IT data systems that support portfolio management, and led portfolio decision-making meetings. He supported Discovery and Development senior staff meetings for 10 years and championed numerous pan-R&D initiatives.

He served as Group Leader in Medicinal Chemistry, discovering and championing 3 NCEs, authoring 25 patent applications and publishing >95 publications.

Upon retirement from GSK in 2008 he established James Samanen Consulting. He has consulted biopharmaceutical R&D executives, developed trainings and webinars for industry and academia, and identified key talent for important positions for major biopharmaceutical companies.  He serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Drexel University School of Medicine.

James received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and served as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His first job was with the Bioproducts Operations of Beckman Instruments, which through corporate mergers led to positions in SmithKline Beckman, SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline.

James is married and live in the Philadelphia area. He has one adult son who also lives in the area. James is a Pilates teacher, certified by the Pilates Method Alliance. He is also an avid fine art photographer. His work can be viewed at

Other Talent Brought to Bear on Your Project

James has a network of consultants that he can call upon should your project need additional expertise.