Valerie Smith serves as the Head of IT and Facilities for Faze Medicines, bringing more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the company. Her responsibilities include setting the strategy and direction for the IT and Informatics capabilities and enhancing the efficiency and operational effectiveness of the site and laboratory management. She also serves as the leadership team lead for external corporate communications. Prior to joining Faze, Valerie most recently led the Research & Development IT team at Alkermes where she was responsible for over 300 scientific systems from early research to validation batches in development. She has also held positions at AstraZeneca and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Valerie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and English from Swarthmore College as well as a master’s in management with a concentration in biotechnology from Emmanuel College.
Valerie lives with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs in southern Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys watching her children play sports and coaching her 5-year-old daughter’s softball team.