COSAM alumnus Daniel Golden named Vice President and Global Head of Research, Discovery and Breakthrough Innovation at Elanco Animal Health
Daniel Golden, who graduated from Auburn in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, received a promotion at the beginning of this year to serve as Vice President and Global Head of Research, Discovery and Breakthrough Innovation at Elanco Animal Health.
A native of Birmingham, Golden earned his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005.
Prior to joining Elanco Animal Health in 2015, Golden worked for Merial Animal Health in research and development and was an American Cancer Society Fellow at Northwestern University.
At Elanco, he has held previous roles as Director of Global Swine and Poultry Development, Global Head of Product Development for Animal Care Expansion, Senior Director of US Pet Specialty Retail and Executive Director of Next Generation Product Development.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Elanco Animal Health is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders and society as a whole.
In his new role, Golden is responsible for the strategy and execution of all global activities related to research and discovery for Elanco Animal Health, including internal and external research activities to support Elanco’s business interests across all farm animal and pet health areas and all geographies across the globe where Elanco has business.
“My organization consists of scientists across many disciplines from medicinal chemists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, immunologists, clinical researchers and business analysts,” said Golden. “We work together to identify how technologies can be brought to the market to address critical needs in the management of animal health care. This is both in the areas of ensuring companion animals have the best possible medications available to manage and prevent disease conveniently and effectively. For farm animals, we focus on ensuring that disease is prevented and controlled in a manner to ensure comfort and sustainable productivity of those animals needed to support the human food supply.”
Thinking back to his time at Auburn, Golden stated that Auburn provided him with several opportunities that better prepared him to continue his exploration of science.
“One was the opportunity as an undergrad to be involved in laboratory research,” said Golden. “Getting directly involved in research lab experiences early in my time at Auburn helped me to see the positive impact that science can have on the world. In addition, it allowed me to get to know other individuals who shared a love of hypothesis based research and learning more about the world around us.”
When asked what advice he might share with undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in the sciences, veterinary medicine or research, Golden stated, “I have found that following one’s passion in the sciences and being curious about how that passion can be shared back with the world opens many unforeseeable opportunities over the course of a career. Take the time to ask questions and reflect on where you find excitement in the science.”
“Auburn also instilled in me a dedication to always seek to use one’s knowledge and skills to give back to your communities, both local and global. This dedication is something I still carry with me today in interacting with colleagues and reflecting on how Elanco can best serve our customers and be true to our mission of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Lives’.”
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