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Choon Yong Tan

Scientist, Analytical

Member Highlight

I love science because I find it fun and fascinating. Problem solving and finding out facts excite me—and I still vividly remember this feeling when I was young. Growing up in Singapore, I was blessed with supportive parents who gave me the autonomy to choose the education I wanted, and for me, that has always been in the sciences, especially chemistry. A seminar I attended in high school introduced me to HIV drug manufacture and formulation, and from then on, I had a clear vision for my future.

I graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BS in pharmacy. During that time, I was fortunate to get experience not just in the clinical setting, but also in the lab, working behind the scenes. I even took a year off from my pharmacy program and spent an entire year working in a reformulation lab in a small R&D start-up, as part of an technopreneurship program through the University of Pennsylvania. This internship inspired me to further my education, and I went on to earn a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at The Ohio State University. My research focused on early-stage drug discovery for anti-cancer compounds derived from fungal material. It was an exhilarating time because I began to truly understand the bench-to-bedside connection and how my research could directly impact human lives.

Working at Lyndra has brought all of these different parts of my journey together. Here, I can continue learning—because the atmosphere is so welcoming and inclusive. Everyone is so willing to help if there’s a piece of equipment or a part of the process I have questions about, and I pay it forward by sharing what I know. The environment here is highly collaborative and synergistic, which make it really easy to be excited about science here at Lyndra. We are trying to improve medication adherence, and our dosage form is going to positively impact millions of people around the world. That’s serious work, and I’m passionate about it, but there’s no reason it also can’t be fun! Lyndra reminds me constantly why I got interested in science to begin with, and it continues to fuel me to come to work to make a difference, little by little every day.