Esther M. Alegria, Ph.D


Esther Alegria is senior executive biopharmaceutical advisor at Catalyst Excel & Advance (EA), lending her 28 years of experience with established and start-up pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies in all areas from R&D through commercialization. Prior to becoming a senior executive advisor ,she was the senior vice president of global manufacturing at Biogen, where she was responsible for the company’s successful manufacturing operations in Denmark, Massachusetts, and North Carolina covering world-class biopharmaceutical large-scale drug substance manufacturing, medical devices assembly, finished goods, and small molecule manufacturing operations. Prior to her role as SVP, Esther was the vice president of manufacturing and general manager of Biogen Idec’s Research Triangle Park, North Carolina site, and subsequently led the start-up and licensure of a second large scale manufacturing facility in Hillerød, Denmark.

Esther was selected by Business NC Magazine in 2009 as Woman Extraordinaire of the Year for her influential leadership within her company and her impact on its economic success and forward-thinking strategies. Throughout her career, Esther has mentored others in their pursuit of education and further professional development..

Esther has served on the Advisory Board for North Carolina Biosciences, Global Manufacturing BioPhorum, Biotechnology Training and Education Center at NC State University, and the American Chamber of Commerce of Copenhagen-Denmark. In addition, she has served on the board of directors for non-profit organizations supporting multiple sclerosis research & patient support, and currently serves on the UAE-Union Atlantic Enterprises board of directors (for-profit) and Shepherd Care Medical Clinic (non-profit).

Esther holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Hawaii and an executive business management certification from Harvard Business School.

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