Made in NYC: Target Health
Target Health is a Made in NYC health company, founded by couple Jules Mitchel and Joyce Hays. Serving the pharmaceutical community since 1993, the company has met incredible success in its 20 years through innovative optimization of drugs, biologics, and devices.
NYCEDC is thrilled to have witnessed and supported Target Health through its participation in our Eds and Meds series of roundtables, as well as the 2013 NYC to Israel program.
We spoke with co-founder Jules Mitchel about Target Health's mission and why they are proud to be in NYC.
What is Target Health’s mission?
Target Health Inc. is committed to helping companies bring innovative and important medicines to patients through creative collaboration with the pharmaceutical community. A full-service e*CRO, our pledge is to optimize the life cycle of drugs, biologics, and devices with expertise, leadership, innovation, and teamwork.
What is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
The approval of taliglucerase alfa, commercially known as Elelyso. Elelyso is manufactured and distributed by New York City-based Pfizer Inc., under license from Protalix BioTherapeutics Inc. and is indicated for the treatment of Gaucher disease. Target Health collaborated with Protalix from early stage development to the NDA submission and provided regulatory, toxicology, clinical research management, and data management using Target e*CRF, biostatistics, and medical writing services.
What is the best part about working at Target Health?
It is all about the culture. We nurture and respect our employees and take pride that a large percentage of our employees have been with company for at least five years. At least 20% of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years
Do you have any company traditions?
At the end of every month we have a birthday party with cake and coffee for the entire staff, and we have not missed a holiday party, now hosted at the Columbia Club, for 21 years.
The founders were born and bred here and we love the culture. To put our money where our mouth is: we are patrons of the Metropolitan Opera and support six theatre clubs through the city.
What was your biggest takeaway from the NYC to Israel program?
It was a fantastic trip. Since we do a lot of business with Israeli companies, who by the way love to visit NYC, travelling to Israel as a representative of our great city was a major plus. We also met new clients on the trip so it was a win-win for all.
Favorite place in the city to nosh?
Giovanni VentiCinque, 25 East 83rd Street. Tell Pino we gave the recommendation.
Any advice for recruits/college graduates looking to work at a company like Target Health?
Get at least some experience working as a summer intern in a pharma company. We also have hired several graduates of the Fundamentals of Biotechnology Program out of SUNY Stony Brook.
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