Audrey Greenberg: Women of Distinction 2022 Honoree
Women of distinction, Philadelphia Business Journal Audrey Greenberg, Founder and Chief Business Officer, Center for Breakthrough Medicines
“Growing up in a line of women entrepreneurs from my great grandmother on down, my long-term goal was always to start my own business,” said Audrey Greenberg. After numerous C-suite financial roles, in 2019 she made that dream a reality. Greenberg, along with her business partners, founded the Center for Breakthrough Medicines and the Discovery Labs in King of Prussia, converting a 1 million-square-foot former GSK campus. “I had a dream to create a single-source solution for advanced cell and gene therapy development and manufacturing in order to improve the affordability and accessibility of these treatments and ultimately provide lifesaving treatments for patients,” she said. Since, the company has grown to 400 employees and raised $350 million.
My secret to success is: Having a clear vision, executing with discipline while maintaining flexibility and working hard every day to accomplish my goals. I believe in breaking some of the rules, shattering glass ceilings, and driving my goals with relentless action.
To uplift other women: I support women with unwavering commitment, giving hard advice and mentorship when needed and encouraging them to dream big, ask for more and have no fear. I encourage them to grab their seat at the table and speak their minds as leadership is taken, not given.
How I overcome obstacles in my professional life: Overcoming obstacles is all about the team you have around you. Knowing that you can’t do it yourself – it’s about teamwork, cooperation, communication and leadership. There is no shame in asking for help, vetting your options and executing while continuously reassessing the environment.
A piece of advice I’d give my younger self: Don’t worry, it’s just a phase… it always is… the good times and the bad. Roll with it, learn as much as possible and give everyone the benefit of the doubt.
If business was an artform it would be: outdoor clay sculpture
A female business icon I admire: Oprah Winfrey
Education: bachelor’s degree, University of Arizona; master’s degree, University of Pennsylvania
Favorite artist: Salvador Dali (painter)
About The Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM)
The Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM) is a cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) uniquely positioned to enable pharma and biotech companies to develop, test, manufacture and market life-saving therapies and treatments on a global scale. Ideally located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Cellicon Valley, CBM has assembled the most accomplished cell and gene therapy experts in the world, armed with cutting-edge and innovative technologies, to offer scalable, best-in-class pre-clinical through commercial manufacturing capabilities including process development, plasmid DNA, viral vector manufacturing, cell banking, cell processing, and a full suite of complementary and standalone testing and analytical capabilities.
Purpose-built and patient-driven, CBM was designed from the ground up to be a more-effective CDMO; providing single-source, end-to-end solutions to deliver true partnership and unprecedented value to its customers through teamwork, transparency and speed-to-market dedication.