Sanoj Vellaparambi | Masters Student in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices

Where did you grow up?

I was born in India. Most of my professional life to date has been spent in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I have family connections in Toronto and moved here permanently in May 2018.

Where did you complete your previous degrees? What did you study?

I completed my Bachelors in Pharmacy from Dr MGR Medical University in Chennai, India. I completed an MBA from the CSM Institute of Graduate Studies in Pune, India, and an MSc in Regulatory Affairs (Medical Technology) from Cranfield University in the UK.  I am also a certified Lean Sox Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) and a certified ISO 13485 Internal Auditor.

Tell us about your professional experience to date

During my studies I worked as a Quality Control Assistant in a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Mumbai. I moved into regulatory affairs while working for a nutraceutical company with a distributor in UAE. I later got an opportunity to work as Regulatory Affairs officer with Boots Healthcare UK, focusing on Middle Eastern markets. Later I moved to Hospira, becoming Regulatory Affairs / Quality Assurance (RA/QA) manager for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. In 2010 I moved to Becton Dickinson as RA/QA manager.

What are your career plans going forward? How will the MS in Regulatory Affairs help to advance your career?

My main career plan is to continue working in the area of RA/QA. I look forward to collaborating on international projects with manufacturers where my knowledge and skills can be put to good use. I am confident that Northeastern’s MS in Regulatory Affairs will help me to build my skills and knowledge, specifically around North American and international regulatory frameworks. I am confident that it will be unique selling point and a high value asset as I move forward in my career