Finding Opportunities in the Life Science Industry

On episode 456 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews seasoned biopharmaceutical executive Janice Nissen, BSN, MBA, MS and William Soliman, PhD, BCMAS, the Founder and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA).

In the course of their conversation, Keith and his guests discuss the plethora of career opportunities in the life science industry — including pharma and biotech — that ambitious and curious nurses can take advantage of when seeking new professional avenues of endeavour. Also discussed are the changes that the pharmaceutical industry has undergone in recent years, and how situations around the globe, such as the war in Ukraine, can directly impact the availability of many commonly used medications.

Dr. William Soliman is the Founder and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA). He is considered by many to be a pharma industry futurist. With over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working with several companies such as Merck, Abbvie, Gilead Sciences and Eisai and others, Dr. Soliman is passionate about transforming the industry through benchmarking and technology.

ACMA is most well-known for the Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist (BCMAS) program which is the first and only board certification for MSL and Medical Affairs Professionals in the world. The ACMA also works within the market access space offering the Prior Authorization Certification Specialist (PACS) program and the Biologics & Biosimilars area with the first Board Certification offered in this field.

Janice Nissen is a healthcare professional and a seasoned biopharmaceutical executive who has developed commercialization strategies at two multinational pharmaceutical companies, Merck, and Abbott Laboratories.

This work included numerous first-in-class products with market leadership and favorable outcomes for patients. She led an enterprise-wide, global strategy of incorporating patient input into the companies’ value chain, from discovery through patent expiry, resulting in products that were more relevant, valued, and accessible.

Jan is currently consulting with the NIH Foundation on patient engagement strategies to support their public-private partnerships, and building a first of its kind educational curriculum for nurses interested in a life science career with the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs. She is also serving as an advisor to Press Ganey on customer experience in clinical trials.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

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