Mary Backstrom Joins USP as Vice President, Biologics


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Will lead scientific nonprofit’s strategic marketing operations for biologics quality standards, used around the world to ensure quality in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing

Rockville, Md., June 24, 2019 - USP announced today that Mary Backstrom, an executive with broad experience in the biopharmaceutical field, recently joined the organization as vice president, global biologics. Backstrom brings extensive experience in strategy and operations in the life sciences.

Backstrom will lead USP's strategic marketing and program operations for quality standards for biological medicines around the world. "I am thrilled to join USP in its work to help biopharmaceutical manufacturers assure the quality and consistency of biologic medicines that patients rely on," said Backstrom.

USP quality standards, which are used in more the 140 countries, help manufacturers increase predictability and reliability, preserving the integrity of the global supply chain. To safeguard the quality of medications and protect public health, manufacturers must ensure the purity and quality of their products. "Biologics – such as recombinant therapeutic proteins, vaccines, blood components, tissues, cell and gene therapies – are growing faster than any other segment of medicine," said Salah Kivlighn, Ph.D., senior vice president, global strategic marketing and program operations. "Mary Backstrom's leadership will help ensure that USP’s quality standards can continue to serve as a foundation for a robust safety network for biological medicines."

Before joining USP, Backstrom was the vice president of marketing strategy & insights with Parexel International in Waltham, Mass., where she drove commercial success via the launch of innovative growth strategies and development of high impact research & analytics programs and for this biopharmaceutical services company. Her previous experience includes consulting in the life sciences industry, as well as serving in a number of global leadership roles at ConvaTec, a medical device company with sales in more than 90 countries.

Backstrom earned an M.S. degree in social psychology from Rutgers University and an MBA from Cornell University.

About USP
USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. Through our standards, advocacy and education, USP helps increase the availability of quality medicines, supplements and food for billions of people worldwide. For more information about USP, visit