The experience of working to build something from nothing is invaluable. And I am happy to announce that I am now officially open for the next adventure in my own career.
Announcement Number One: Moving On from Heligenics
You read on this blog (it was only June 18, which you can read about here) where I joined a new company Heligenics working on decoding variant function, and just last week we established a service laboratory in Las Vegas (press release). I am announcing today that I’m moving on, and am making that announcement so that perhaps you can help me out.
In what way? Specifically, for those salespeople who are in the field of selling genetic analysis equipment, supplies and services into the life science research, pharmaceutical or clinical diagnostics markets and are aware of a need for someone of my skills and background, please point them to reach out to me (I’m a the email address dale at-symbol yuzuki dot org).
For others, if you are looking for a marketing person who is well-connected to KOL’s throughout the research and clinical markets, and would not mind someone who works remotely (I’m in the Bethesda, Maryland area), I’m fine with that as well.
You see, I’m at a bit of a career crossroads / intersection / fork in the road. I can go back into a sales role – I ‘carried the bag’ for over six years – and the demand for quality salespeople is as high as it has ever been. People who know consultative sales, who keep on top of the science and the trends, are always in short supply. And if there are two quotes from others that sums up my unique talent stack, it goes something like this.
Whoever hires Dale Yuzuki, well they are lucky to have him.Senior VP of a billion-dollar business who will stay anonymous
Lots of salespeople and marketing people talk about publications, but Dale actually reads and understands them. (emphasis mine)Senior regional sales leader who will stay anonymous
For those unfamiliar with my background, here’s the thumbnail:
- >20+ years in Life Sciences, and the last 5 in clinical diagnostics;
- Particular expertise in genomics, oncology, point-of-care diagnostics;
- Authored a popular blog (“The Next Generation Technologist”) for the past 8 years;
- Based in the Bethesda MD area; and lastly
- Open to remote working with up to 75% travel.
I’m writing this up knowing we’re in the middle of a pandemic, with all its attendant crazyness of what we are forced to get accustomed to. For those who are interested in bringing me onboard for small projects, I am certainly open to that as well.
Announcement Number Two: The Biology of a Pandemic book
A few weeks ago I decided to do what I’ve wanted to do for many months, which was to put my writing skills to work on a book. Using some great (free-of-charge) materials I found on how to write a non-profit book (based upon this book and associated services which are very expensive by the way), I’m well on my way getting this thing written.
The working title is ‘The Biology of a Pandemic’ and I have the following three objectives for the reader (who is assumed to have little biology background).
- They will feel informed and have actionable information on prevention, treatment and handling conflicting data for COVID-19 disease
- The reader will have insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ of reagent production, how therapeutics are developed and tested, and how vaccines work
- The reader will be well-prepared to handle conflicting information and debatable topics
It has been a lot of fun so far, doesn’t feel like work at all, especially because it is purely creative. Did I just outline a chapter where my own interest in that chapter starts to lag even before I finish the outline? Forget it, just delete it, no one knows what isn’t there. Do I have so much material half-way through writing a chapter from the outline that it deserves its own chapter treatment? Bam, just like that another chapter appears.
The reason I announce this here is two-fold: I make this commitment public, and I can solicit any of you readers to sign-up for periodic (every month or two) update on its progress. And if you want to sign up for this list, simply fill out the form below.
I want to say a big ‘Thank You’ in advance to all the friends and acquaintances who will help me in the coming weeks with the search for my next challenge. It means a lot.