Danielle MandikianSenior Scientist in Development Sciences

Taking Innovative Biotech from Idea to End Product


Senior Scientists in Development are responsible for getting innovative biotech medications from idea to manufacturing, ensuring that any risks to humans have been identified. Danielle’s perseverance and expert knowledge of Chemistry enable her to overcome challenges in the manufacturing process and turn failures into personal improvements.


Find out how well this career lines up with your students’ interests and strengths:

  • Strong communication and collaborative skills are essential for a smooth production process.
  • Trade skills support STEM problem-solving within the biotech pipeline.
  • Personal connection to their work drives biotech professionals to innovate with purpose.
  • Self-reflection enables collaborators to turn failures into improvements.


Students can investigate what it takes to become a Development Scientist by exploring the companion Career Profile, featuring background information about this career, job outlook, and more.

Senior Supervisor of Quality Assurance


“Take the risk, put yourself out there. You fall, and you get right back up and you keep going.”

Danielle Mandikian

Career Profile

Development Scientist

10–15 minutes

Development Scientists pursue groundbreaking scientific research for biotech companies looking to find new ways of treating life-threatening illnesses like cancer and multiple sclerosis. They have a comprehensive understanding of the various stages of medication development.

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