In 1999 Hovik received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Southern California (USC) with an academic minor in Biological Sciences. In 2003 He received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from USC School of Pharmacy under the supervision of Prof. Vincent H.L. Lee. With a thesis on ocular physiology and transport oxidative inflammatory eye disease. 39 peer-reviewed papers, including 2 book chapters, 2 guest-edited topical thematic collections and 87 abstract presentations as posters or invited talks. Hovik has one patent/invention.
He has 16 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and is currently an Associate Director in Pharmaceutical Development at Allergan Plc (Prior experience at Pfizer Inc and Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc). Primary areas of research lie in the development, characterization and application of novel drug carrier systems. Supporting drug discovery, early development and repositioning programs and pharmacokinetic, safety and efficacy studies. Hovik is the Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and Keck Graduate Institute Schools of Pharmacy, Lecturer at UCSD School of Engineering.