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Dr. Osbakken graduated from the University of Illinois with her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in Physiology before coming to Jefferson to complete a PhD in Physiology. After graduating in 1969 she began teaching at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and concurrently pursuing a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University. She then went on to earn an M.D. from Temple University Medical School. Dr. Osbakken completed her internship at Pennsylvania Hospital before taking fellowships in Cardiology and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance at Temple University Medical School, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. After her fellowships she worked at Hershey Medical Center and later at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Osbakken then entered the biotech and pharmaceutical fields working at Bristol-Myer-Squibb, Covance, Sanofi-Aventis, and Inotek. She currently runs her own consulting firm working with biotechs, startups, and pharmaceutical companies.

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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, May 2015


Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Dr. Mary Osbakken on April 29, 2015

Mary Osbakken