PhD Mark Ahn is Principal at Portland (Oregon) based Pukana Partners Ltd. This company is responsible for providing life science organizations with strategic consulting and Mark Ahn is an integral part of that. He is also the CEO and President of Galena Biopharma. With an astounding experience of two decades in various biopharmaceutical companies, Mark Ahn teaches at Carnegie Mellon and Portland State University as an adjunct professor. Before Galena Biopharma and Pukana Partners Ltd., he was with Hana Biosciences as the CEO and President. However, recently, it is Mark Ahn’s publications which have been receiving a lot of attention.
There have been about 75 citations of his papers in 2014 alone, and in all, his publications have received 311 citations. The following are some great publications by Mark Ahn of Pukana Partners Ltd. –
• Managing Change in Leadership – This publication by Mark Ahn and John Adamson explores the changing role of leadership in organizations as the corporate scene evolves with time. Because of dynamic changes in business operations, alliances, capital flows, technologies, communications and globalization, the current (and old) business models are only able to solve certain specific business problems but fail to address the change in the corporate structure of the new world. In this paper, Mark Ahn analyzes this change in leaders and leadership, and stresses on the importance of great leadership.
• Entrepreneurial Environment for Life Science Industry – This publication by Mark Ahn and Michael Meeks explores the factors responsible for cultivating an environment that is conducive for successful and efficient entrepreneurship in the life science industry. It talks about the success of the pharmaceutical industry on a global scale, citing the amount of firms in the industry and the $70 billion revenue that it generates. Not only does the study point out the current issues of entrepreneurship in the life sciences, it also studies and recommends exact remedies to improve the condition. This paper has received 46 citations since 2008.
• Risk Management Practices for Reducing Project Risk – Mark Ahn has co-authored this article with Ofer Zwikael. In this publication, the current practices of risk management in different cultures, scenarios and industries are studied. A survey conducted on over 700 project managers is also included in this publication. These project managers are based across 3 countries and 7 industries. According to the results, the relationship between project success and risk level is moderated as a result of risk management practices. Specifically, the authors have revealed that even when risk management is moderate, the negative effects of risk on the success of project are reduced. This publication has been cited 37 times since 2011.
• Institution and Resource Based Approaches to Development of Malaysia’s Biotech Industry – Since the biotech industry of Malaysia is rapidly growing but is still pretty new, two different approaches are used to analyze the competitive advantage sources of the biotech sector here. Mark Ahn and Anne York have authored this publication. The competitiveness, capabilities and priorities of the emerging industry in Malaysia are assessed in this paper and various multifunctional experts have been consulted for reaching thought-provoking conclusions.
A reading of the above-mentioned publications gives an insight into the analytical and curious mind of Mark Ahn. They are must-reads for any emerging entrepreneur and project manager in the biotech industry.
Mark Ahn himself is a longtime doctor. He’s also got a big presence on social media, and maintains an active status talking with those that are interested in the field of biotechnology. As his many accolades can attest, he’s committed to creating a brighter future for the next generations.