Astellas Pharma Global Development / Director, Field Medical Excellence
Michelle Powell is the Director of Field Medical Excellence in Medical Affairs Americas at Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc. She joined Astellas in 2006 as the head of the field medical program and has since served in numerous roles at Astellas in or supporting field medical teams during her 12+ year tenure. She was appointed head of the newly formed Field Medical Excellence function in March 2018 where she is responsible for strengthening field medical capabilities across the Americas region (inclusive of US, Canada, Brazil and Colombia). Michelle spent the last 22 years in medical aﬀairs leadership roles at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Searle Pharmaceuticals prior to coming to Astellas. Throughout her career in the pharmaceutical industry, she led teams and key projects in organizational team design, change management, field medical operations, process improvement, field medical governance, medical affairs data analytics, and field medical tools and system development. Before coming into industry in 1996, Michelle was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she had a clinical ambulatory care practice in the Family Medicine and Student Health Clinics. She took pharmacy students on clinical rotation and taught didactic coursework on over the counter (OTC) medications. Michelle completed a pharmacy practice residency in 1992 at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA after completing her Doctor of Pharmacy at University of Nebraska Medical Center.