Vice President of Research and Development
Lisa Jenkins VanLuvanee, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Research and Development at Facet Life Sciences (formerly Virtual Regulatory Solutions, Inc.). Lisa grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, and comes from a family of dentists (and serious flossers). Lisa knew from an early age that, although flossing was important, her passion lied elsewhere. She went to Juniata College and still commits much of her volunteer time to her alma mater, a place she affectionately refers to as “the Cult”. Subsequently, she did her graduate work at Syracuse University and when she wasn’t studying cognitive aging and neuroscience, she was busy enjoying the NY ski slopes and ice skating rinks. After a wonderful 3 years in St. Louis doing her post-doctoral work at Washington University and becoming one of the Red Bird faithful, she took her first job as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UNC-Wilmington. Later, she transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry and began working at Wyeth as a research statistician in their Neurosciences group. After a few years, she became tired of conferences in Iowa (not that there’s anything wrong with Iowa) and longed to have a bigger impact leading teams. She set her sights on regulatory affairs and that is where she found her niche, nickname (The NDA Girl), and her true passion. At Kendle International (now INC) and Image Solutions Inc. (now CSC), she continued leading regulatory submissions projects, setting regulatory strategies, and mentoring regulatory affairs, medical writing, and biometrics expert teams under her.
All these experiences led Lisa to want to work exclusively with small to mid-sized pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and device companies because of the way they incorporated her into their daily work activities – as a valued, trusted, partner rather than just “a vendor”. She joined Facet Life Sciences, Inc., (formerly Virtual Regulatory Solutions, Inc.) in 2012, a services and software company devoted to helping small companies. She could not be happier leading a team of expert product development champions in helping Facet clients to progress development in smart, innovative, and cost-effective ways. She gets behind every company and product on which she works and cannot receive a higher compliment than one of her clients saying that they feel that she is one of their own. In her spare time, she likes to run (trail and mud runs), lift weights, ski, read, and spend time with her husband, children, and dog.