Julia Rashba-Step, PhD, is a Vice-President of R&D and Alliance Management at Phosphorex. In her current role, she works closely with pharma and biotech partners to help advance cutting-edge, innovative technologies into critical programmes. Dr Rashba-Step is a senior pharmaceutical professional with an extensive background in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She has experience working at both small companies (Epic Therapeutics) and global pharmaceutical companies, including Baxter, Wyeth and Pfizer, where she held positions of growing responsibilities, such as leading the Novel Delivery Technologies group at Pfizer. Dr Rashba-Step’s technical background is in pharmaceutical product development, with a focus on drug product, advanced formulations and delivery aspects.