Congratulations to Natalie Schmitz
On September 27, Natalie Schmitz, PharmD, ECP graduate student and mentee of Jim Cloyd successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Orphan Drug Development: The Regulatory, Economic, and Scientific Aspects of Intravenous Baclofen.” Her seminar attracted a large audience of faculty and students, was well designed and presented. During the private exam, Natalie exhibited a good level of mastery over the wide range of topics addressed in her thesis ranging from the unmet need for IV baclofen, prevalence issues and computation, Orphan Drug Act considerations, and pk and BE principles and study designs. Her ability to competently address questions across these subjects is testimony to her hard work and ability. Natalie will assume a faculty position as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy on Nov 1, 2018. She intends to continue her research on treatment of spasticity. Congratulations, Natalie!