Ashkan earned his B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry with emphasis on Chemistry from University of California, San Diego. He has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 5 years and has experience in pre-formulation, formulation, and analytical development. He is passionate about all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry and is currently working at Arena Pharmaceuticals as a Scientist II where he works on various analytical method development and validations for phase 3 studies. He is also responsible for stability determination of drug substance and drug product using established and novel methods to support regulatory filings.