Darien Kadens Ph.D.
|Associate Director, Competitive Intelligence|
|Novartis Consumer Health|
About Darien Kadens
Darien Kadens Bio
Darien T. Kadens received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985. In 1993, Darien graduated from the University of Chicago, where he studied Marketing and Finance and received his MBA with Honors. He later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained his PhD in Biochemistry in 1998 from the department of Chemistry. In 1999, Darien completed the Kauffman Fellows program in venture capital, with a focus in life science venture investment.
Darien Kadens Professional Experience
Senior Manager, M
New York, NY USA
2002 — 2008
Providing commercial assessment, financial analysis and competitive intelligence research support. Responsibilities include providing primary and secondary research deliverables on current and future markets and opportunities, competitive forces and trends, strategic environment changes, P&L forecasting models for evaluating new product opportunities via licensing or acquisition.
• Conducted in-depth commercial assessments of multiple products for acquisition and/or in-licensing. • Provided primary and secondary research support to business development group to assess acquisition, new product licensing, and joint venture commercial opportunities.
BOEHRINGER MANNHEIM CORPORATION
Group Leader, Research & Development Division
Indianapolis, IN USA
1994 - 2006
Led team of 5 in design, execution, and analysis of experiments to optimize product performance during product development phase, and served as troubleshooter for customer problems during post-launch phase./Interfaced with system engineers, chemists, clinical evaluators, new product marketing, and external manufacturing groups. Trained/supported group members and R&D division staff in use of statistical design for experiments.
• Organized intense effort emphasizing product development innovations to accomplish redesign and record 9-month re-launch of Accu-Chek Easy blood glucose monitoring system, creating next generation of $30MM product that had been pulled off shelf due to unexpected design flaws • Developed statistically designed experiments to reduce meter performance variation, producing results used to develop performance variation simulation model for incoming QA testing, earning Special Recognition Award • Special Recognition Award for creation of statistical design for experiments leading to re-formulation for reagent strip product that had been voluntarily recalled due to environmentally induced product failure • Co-developed innovative company-wide compensation strategy based on psychic/financial ownership in broad-banding environment; implemented organization-wide roll-out/communications plan to obtain employee buy-in • Received Departmental Award for service on team in development of R&D Division Discretionary Bonus Award program based on empowering managers to reward employees demonstrating exemplary leadership behaviors.
Darien Kadens Education
University of Chicago
Marketing & Finance
Chicago, IL USA
1993 – 0
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA USA
1998 – 02
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX USA
1981 — 1985
Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals Association for Strategic Planning, Member of Advanced Technology Management Group
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