Working At AMAG

Our Employees

At AMAG, we are passionate in our work to support the health of patients and families. Learn more about some of our team members here.

David Knauss
Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Medical Writing
David joined AMAG in 2008 as a member of the regulatory affairs department. He has advanced in his role since joining the company, having...
David joined AMAG in 2008 as a member of the regulatory affairs department. He has advanced in his role since joining the company, having been promoted to his current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with David.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the suburbs outside Albany, NY, but I’ve lived in Massachusetts since 1983. I’m very fond of upstate New York and my father still lives there. It’s a beautiful and underappreciated part of the U.S., and home to the biggest state park in the country (Adirondack State Park)!

What is your educational background?

I studied liberal arts at Middlebury College in Vermont for two years, then transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston where I got a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Berklee was an incredible and unforgettable experience. I wish I could do it all over again.

What brought you into your field?

After deciding I didn’t want to teach music for a living, I got a job at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. Once there, I moved up and eventually became the administrator of a major medical division at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School. I got to work with tons of doctors and researchers in a top-notch academic environment and really liked the fast pace and interesting work. However, when teaching hospitals began to struggle financially in the late 1990s, I decided to look for work in the “for-profit” world.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

After I got my first job in pharma/biotech in 2001, I knew I was in a great industry. It is very fast-paced and interesting, and works to solve the puzzle of treatments for difficult diseases. It was also an industry that embraced new technology, which is an interest of mine.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

We have a small department here, so I get to wear a lot of different hats like assisting with medical writing or doing all the electronic RA submissions.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

Hopefully, working a little less! If work is good to me, perhaps I can afford to travel more, avoid the harsh winters, and spend more time body surfing and playing music!

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG.

I love spending time with my family, and that time is becoming more precious to me as my kids begin to enter college. I love traveling, especially anywhere on the Atlantic Coast. I’m still very involved in music and play as much as I can. And I enjoy all sports, especially biking and soccer.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

A lot of people probably don’t know that I play drums on a professional level. I love all styles of music, but play mostly jazz and funk these days in a couple of local groups. And I play guitar whenever I get the chance. It’s my obsessive hobby.

 
Jamie Jansson
Director, Marketing
Jamie joined the maternal health division of AMAG Pharmaceuticals in 2000 as a specialty sales representative. She has advanced in her role...
Jamie joined the maternal health division of AMAG Pharmaceuticals in 2000 as a specialty sales representative. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Jamie.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I come from a large family with two sisters and two brothers. All of us are so different, but the best of friends. We grew up in Winneconne, a small town in Wisconsin. As much as I loved growing up in a small town, I was curious about the world around me. I’ve since lived in Madison, Chicago, San Francisco and Denver.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.

What brought you into your field?

My dad was in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry for his entire career so I was exposed to the opportunities early in life. However, I had a strong desire from a fairly young age to become a pediatric oncologist. My grandfather and uncle were physicians and both played an instrumental role in my life. I was pre-med in college for the first 3 years; however, late in my third year of college, I changed my life’s direction. I decided that it would be beneficial to see the medical community from the lens of the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. I switched my major to sociology, and graduated the following year. I finished school on a Friday, started with Knoll Pharmaceuticals the next Monday and never looked back. Throughout my career, I’ve gained sales, training and marketing experience.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

Within the first year of my career in the industry, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to work on products that make a difference in people’s lives. As a mother who experienced a high-risk pregnancy, I am very passionate about maternal health and am energized every day about helping other moms through the work that we do at AMAG.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

I feel fortunate to work alongside so many talented people. We have a tight-knit team that defines collaboration. Many of us have been working together for years, and my team members are an extension of my family.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

With two little kids, I am focused on life in the moment. In 10 years, my kids will be teenagers and I really look forward to helping them navigate through those important years.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG.

I love spending time with my family, including my husband Stefan and our kids, Sofia Oskar. Living in Colorado, we have the opportunity to play outside all year round. Our kids are still young (5 and 2), so everything we do is really interesting and amazing to them. Our favorite outdoor activities include biking around town and skiing in the mountains (both downhill and cross-country).

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I have a passion for traveling and exploring different countries and cultures. My husband and I have traveled to so many amazing places. Some of our most treasured places include the beaches of Costa Rica, Zihuatanejo, Istanbul and Bejing.

 
Michelle Murphy
Senior Compliance Specialist
Michelle joined AMAG in 2013 as a member of the legal team. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to...
Michelle joined AMAG in 2013 as a member of the legal team. She has advanced in her role since joining the company, having been promoted to her current position. Learn more in our Q&A session with Michelle.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the midwest bordering the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. I moved east during high school and stayed because the winters were warmer.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, paralegal studies from Rivier College in Nashua New Hampshire (one of only two American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies programs at that time). Later, I completed work for a Master of Science certificate in legal administration from Eastern Michigan University.

What brought you into your field?

I was introduced to the partner of a small boutique law firm where a friend worked. That position was a wonderful introduction to the diverse legal field, but within a few years I realized that corporations offered more autonomy and opportunities for paralegals and moved in-house. I have not regretted my decision once, as being in-house is rarely boring and offered me opportunities to work in varied specialties—such as employment immigration, affirmative action, corporate, intellectual property, export compliance and now pharma compliance—that a law firm structure couldn’t provide.

When did you first know that you wanted to work in biotech?

I didn’t. I wish I could say moving into biotech was part of my master career plan, but I was fortunate to receive a call from a recruiter familiar with my background, who knew I enjoyed small entrepreneurial companies and thought AMAG would be a great fit.

What do you most enjoy about your current job?

I enjoy many things about my current job, starting with the people that I get to work with. AMAG has a diverse culture of intelligent, fun people, who are encouraged by a leadership team that rewards innovation and improvement. Since joining the compliance team within Legal Affairs I’ve really enjoyed taking a greater role in compliance reporting as well as monitoring and training. The latter has allowed me to welcome every new employee to the organization and learn about their unique roles.

What would you most love to be doing in 10 years?

If I have the luxury of retiring early I’d love to assist children with special needs obtain the services they need, either as a CASA volunteer or educational advocate. Otherwise, as AMAG expands, I imagine a greater role supporting the development, implementation and management of the company’s compliance program that is business-focused but consistent with best practices and applicable laws.

Tell us about some of your interests/hobbies outside of AMAG.

I spend as much time as I can with my family, but I try to golf as time permits.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a closet computer chess player. Hardly win, but stubborn enough to keep trying.