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Morgan Smith, U.S. Corporate Communications Intern
Employee Spotlight: David Hornbaker’s Heart for Helping Patients

When we think about our purpose, people, and science – our people are a core component of how we deliver moments that matter for people living with severe diseases. At UCB, our people bring their whole selves to work enriching our environment with unique perspectives and experiences. How our people engage with each other and with society beyond UCB makes them better colleagues and employees. We’re pleased to spotlight some of our incredible employees.
David Hornbaker, Executive Clinical Account Specialist for U.S. Immunology, is responsible for working with doctors who buy medications for in-office use. As a field employee, he primarily spends his time covering the states of Utah and Wyoming. With more than 26 years of experience in medical sales, David has seen the healthcare industry evolve through many iterations, which has given him a unique perspective on how the industry engages physicians and ultimately helps patients. As a non-clinician, it is crucial to David that his work extends beyond the office to best serve his local community. 

David’s journey to his current role wasn’t always linear; early in his career he wanted to be a pharmacist. With a pending degree in Health Administration, he was introduced through his college dean to a healthcare co-op in Central Florida where we interned with a Fortune 500 company that centralized on nurse managers who would approve or deny additional care for employees. He realized that he wanted to be closer to healthcare and work with patients, so he pivoted and did a second internship with a group of physicians in which he realized that the role of a medical representative and the level of engagement it offers with healthcare professionals was right for him.

David has helped launch new products in the autoimmune space and continuously looks for how his teams are committed to patients and delivering value. Across roles in rheumatology and gastroenterology, he has found ways to have an impact. His current responsibilities consist of having clinical discussions with doctors in which he guides them through the process of storing and preparing medication while helping patients get access to the medication they need. 

“My job is to help people in my community who struggle with autoimmune diseases. It’s what drives me. UCB’s solutionsplay a key role in providing patients with the help and access they need. Whether this involves assisting physicians with education and insight to overcoming barriers patients may face, it is my responsibility to help as many patients as possible. All of the things I do at UCB are critical to my job, but if I do one thing, that is to help patients, then everything else will take care of itself,” says David Hornbaker. 

Apart from his role at UCB, David is passionate about advocating for Decoding Dyslexia , an organization that supports young individuals with dyslexia. This non-profit organization provides educational resources for children, parents, and teachers to reduce the stigma around dyslexia. Through accessible resources, training programs, and local school sponsorships, David hopes to provide everyone with education and tools in order for children and parents to receive the support and services they need.

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