Leading the Charge
Meet Our Best & Brightest
Bringing products to market for patients with rare diseases. Managing quality and regulatory compliance for a global biotech company. Overseeing clinical development for top-flight pharmaceutical companies. These are the back stories of just some of the bright minds you’ll find in the lab, meeting room and, beyond at Dova Pharmaceuticals.
Doug Blankenship Chief Financial Officer
Role at Dova: Bringing a business perspective to the team and the great science we’re applying for the benefit of patients.
Brightest professional “light bulb” moment: Having focused more on job content earlier in my career, during one of my recent career experiences, I worked for and with two leaders with widely differing personal values and leadership styles. The high contrast between them made it even more evident that leaders with integrity and humility, and a keen personal and professional interest in their team members, achieve far greater results and the experience is much more enjoyable for everyone. I learned to seek out these kinds of leaders and am excited to be surrounded by them here at Dova.
Greatest accomplishment outside of work: I rode my bike with a friend across the United States from the Grand Canyon to Atlantic City, NJ; seeing the country from a whole new perspective and meeting some wonderful people along the way.
Favorite quote: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Defining piece of art, media or pop culture: On my first travels outside of the United States as a junior in high school, after being asked by my father to read, “The Agony and the Ecstasy” about Michelangelo’s life, I got to see both the Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the statue of David in Florence. That trip brought art and history to life for me.
What you do when you’re not here: I enjoy swimming and other fitness activities to keep me in shape and manage stress so that I can be the husband and dad that I strive to be for my family.
Education: I have a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University “Cal Poly,” San Luis Obispo and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Operations Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I developed my interest in the life sciences over years of dinner table conversations about cells and “bugs” from my parents, both of whom were involved in healthcare.