Penelope Przekop was born at the US Navy Hospital in Pensacola, Florida in 1966. She lived in Japan for the first four years of her life and then grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. She began writing poetry at the age of ten and soon developed a passion for journaling. Her focus on poetry and journaling continued throughout high school and college. Her poetry was first published in 1984. Although she studied literature and art history in college, she developed a new fascination and earned a BS in Biology at Louisiana State University. She relocated to New Jersey in 1991 and began her 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. At 25, she set aside her journal after 15 years and began writing her first novel, Please Love Me. During her thirties, Penelope earned an MS in Quality Systems Engineering/Quality Assurance from Kennesaw State University and wrote her second book, Six Sigma for Business Excellence. Soon after, she completed her second novel, Aberrations. As she continued to build her pharmaceutical industry career, she wrote two additional novels, Centerpieces and Dust.
She has held leadership positions at Novartis, Covance, Wyeth, and Johnson & Johnson. She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 pharma companies and is sought out for her broad and deep industry knowledge, regulatory expertise, and creative strategic approaches. She is now the CEO of PDC Pharma Strategy and also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Engrail Therapeutics.
In 2018, Penelope and her older daughter founded Bra in a Box. The company features a patent-pending silicone box they invented based on an idea Penelope had during an extended business trip. Bra in a Box has been featured in New York Magazine and Simple Magazine. Bra in a Box is offered at all B8ta locations, over 50 other retailers throughout the US, and on the Bra in a Box website.
Penelope lives in the Greater Philadelphia Area with her husband of 30 years. Together they have two daughters and one grandson.
Penelope's has been featured in The New Jersey Star-Ledger, The Shreveport Times, The Baton Rouge Advocate, The Detroit Metro Times, and has been praised by acclaimed authors Lisa See, Antwone Fisher, Anneli Rufus, Marya Hornbacher, Terri Cheney, and Marisa Acocella Marchet. Her articles have been published in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Clinical Leader, and Biopharma Leader magazines. Her book, 5-Star Career (Productivity Press), launches this fall.
PDC Pharma Strategy develops and executes risk-based strategies that support comprehensive global regulatory compliance throughout the drug development process and product lifecycle.
Bra In A Box was born from an idea Penelope had while traveling. She and her daughter, Phoebe Horak, developed a unique box for silicone nipple covers. Bra in a Box is available at all B8ta locations, at other retailers across the US, and online.
Penelope began painting in 2008. Her figurative expressionistic paintings have been represented and shown in galleries throughout the US, and in Italy and Central America. Her primary subject is the complexity of women. A strong sense of story and character permeates her work.