Vice President, Regulatory Policy and Intelligence, AbbVie’s – Libertyville, Illinois, USA
Natalie began her career with the global research and development based biopharmaceutical company headquartered in North Chicago, Illinois in 2000.
“Most of my tenure with the company has been in the Regulatory Affairs function, which is the group responsible for managing submissions and approvals to health authorities around the world for all of AbbVie’s products.”
Since 2018 she has also led the company’s Area and Affiliate regulatory team for the Eastern Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and Japan/Asia Pacific regions.
Policy and intelligence team members, located in the US, the UK, Singapore and Dubai work with subject matter experts within AbbVie, and with peer pharmaceutical companies with the aim of improving the regulatory environment.
After finishing her studies at Monash University and registering as a pharmacist in 1990, Natalie worked as a hospital pharmacist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. In 1997, she took up an opportunity to study in the United States and complete a Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice.
Natalie Tolli’s two years in academia in the US gave her an opportunity to complete a Masters degree in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health which included a research project on the utilization of G-CSF in patients with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and breast cancer.
Natalie says the knowledge she gained through her university studies on drug development and research skills really set her up for her current global role.
“But the most valuable skill that my pharmacy education has taught me has been to approach problem-solving with a solution-oriented mindset,” she says.
Natalie fondly remembers many of her fellow students and professors and looks forward to seeing them at a future reunion.
“I am also very proud of the heritage of the Pharmacy College and the notable therapies that were discovered there, including Relenza.”
So what’s next? Natalie Tolli says she’s enjoying her current role and the challenges it brings but her passion is helping the next generation of regulatory affairs professionals. Natalie is a mentor to several of AbbVie’s younger up-and-coming team members.
“I am passionate about using my past experience to help others develop and grow.”