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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

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Mission

Ronda Dean
President & CEO of Afaxys, Inc. 

What is your personal mission?

I believe that having access to reproductive healthcare should be a right, not a privilege, and I remain dedicated to doing everything in my power to make it a reality for all, regardless of zip code. I get to go to work every single day focused on making that happen.

Get to know Ronda Dean

Currently Reading

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey by Arthur Lansing

Favorite Place

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Favorite Movie or Show

Schindler’s List 

Career Aspiration as a Child

In middle school, my love with science was born. First, I wanted to be a nurse, then a doctor. But when I learned about Madame Marie Curie, I was fascinated by her discoveries and inspired by her work. My career in clinical science and healthcare was born.

Favorite Quote

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Hometown

Hilliard, Ohio

Leadership

What is your philosophy on leadership? 

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Hire a kick-ass team of smart, critical thinkers that are accountable for their missteps as well as their successes. Empower them to make decisions and thank them for a job well done.

 

Impact

Facts about your company

  • <50 employees 
  • Produces affordable access to emergency, oral, and injectable contraceptives through Afaxys Pharma as well as provides low-cost access to medical products through our Afaxys GPO
  • First of its kind “socially conscious healthcare company” focused on the public health sector.
  • #1 provider of oral and emergency contraceptives in U.S. clinics
  • Serves 8,400 health centers across the U.S.

Role

Tell us about your role in SC’s Life Sciences Ecosystem…

Afaxys contrasts with the usual ‘Big Pharma model’, in fact, it flips it on its head. Our philosophy is to put purpose over profit instead of selling at the highest price at the highest possible margin. Afaxys stands as the #1 provider of oral and emergency contraceptives in U.S. clinics and is unique in its focused demographic: public health patients and the providers who care for them.

Value

Tell us what value and benefits your organization is receiving through membership in SCbio…

Greater visibility and support as we build brand equity.

Future

 What are you focused on in the next year?

For 2024 and beyond, we are making exciting progress in drug development. Considering the restrictions that now make access to reproductive healthcare more difficult for patients in large parts of the US, access to affordable contraception is more important than ever. We are diligently working to advance contraceptive healthcare, and to that end, we hope to become THE known and trusted/sexual and reproductive healthcare brand for community and public health patients and the providers who serve them.

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.