The people I work with have become my family. There's a strong sense of camaraderie, especially within Merck and our neuroscience department. We are a very strong and motivated group of people who are really trying to better the world.

Paige Cramer, Ph.D.

In 2012, Dr. Paige Cramer, along with her team at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, made waves in the scientific community which helped land her on Forbes “30 under 30” list (an honor she’s received twice).

And now, after spending four years in Merck’s labs researching neurodegenerative diseases, Paige has a new career adventure on the horizon– this time out of the labs and into our Global Human Health division, the sales and marketing organization for Merck's prescription medicines and vaccines. As an associate director in the Global/U.S. Marketing Department, Paige is putting away the microscope and will pick up a keyboard as she helps communicate to a worldwide audience about our neuroscience research and work.

“It's a huge opportunity,” she says about the move. “My new role will expand my experience within the neuroscience department while giving me the chance to tackle new and different challenges. And, in the end, I’ll still be able to contribute to my initial mission of delivering new treatment options to patients.”

The transition is one Paige has always wanted, saying when she initially started at Merck she wanted to stay in the labs only a few years and then “see what else is possible.”

Focus on Talent Development

This kind of talent development is important at Merck. We believe in helping our employees understand all aspects of our business. This means supporting our workers as they branch out into other areas and departments to learn all they can about how we operate. Career development and flexible career paths are a priority for Merck because we believe that bringing together a diversity of backgrounds, ideas and approaches makes our company stronger.

“Merck recruits top talent. The people I’ve worked with so far are amazing collaborators and peer leaders. It’s a great place to come to work,” she says, saying that when she initially moved to the Philadelphia region from the Midwest (Ohio), she didn’t know anyone in the area. That quickly changed once she started. “The people I work with have become my family. There's a strong sense of camaraderie, especially within Merck and our neuroscience department. We are a very strong and motivated group of people who are really trying to better the world.”

Millennial Moves

Paige is so invested in Merck, she helped launch the Merck Network for Millennials, a group that focuses on delivering cultural and generational insights across our business and helping all Merck employees connect with the Millennial Generation (those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium).

“[The group] is still in its infancy, but it's gaining momentum,” she says. “The network is growing and bringing out a lot of great ideas and creative energy. I hope we are proving to be a valuable resource for all employees. As I’ve experienced firsthand, Merck really invests in developing and retaining its employees. The Merck Network for Millennials is just one example of the company’s commitment to understanding and appreciating the differences between generations.”

 

Name: Paige Cramer, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Director of Global/U.S. Marketing in the neuroscience franchise

Education: B.S., Tufts University; Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.

Favorite Downtime Activity: Avid sports enthusiast; being outdoors

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