GAC Profile: Patrick Michael Oates | STAGING Compendium
Patrick Oates

Dr. Patrick Michael Oates


Dr. Patrick Michael Oates is a native Philadelphian and a product of the public school system of the city. He completed his undergraduate training at Tuskegee University in Animal Science and a doctorate degree at Howard University in Washington, DC in Physiology & Molecular Biology.  While attending graduate school, Patrick had the rare opportunity to hone his research skills at the world renowned National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

After completing the Ph.D. degree, Dr. Oates returned home to work in the pharmaceutical industry- initially with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, at the bench as a researcher, in Medical Affairs, as a Medical Science Liaison, and later in Marketing & Sales as a Product Manager and as a Market Research Analyst. He continued his career at Aventis Pharmaceuticals in Bridgewater, NJ, in CNS New Product Commercialization and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as the Director of Infectious Diseases, Global Medical Affairs where he led a team of MDs, PharmDs, and PhDs. Dr. Oates also worked at PRWT Services, Cherokee Pharmaceuticals as a Director of Business Development. He’s presently the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Planning for EMSCO Scientific, Inc. a thirty-six-year-old, local, minority owned and operated scientific enterprise. EMSCO Scientific sources chemicals, pharmaceutical excipients, laboratory supplies & equipment to the pharmaceutical, biomedical research, industrial, energy, and food & beverage sectors.

Dr. Patrick Oates understands the importance of giving back to the community that has given so much to him. He has served on the board of directors of several community-based organizations including the Columbia- North Y.M.C.A., the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), Ivy Leaf Schools, the American Diabetes Association, and the Philadelphia High School Academies. He is the past President of the Tuskegee University Alumni Club of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Club, Frontiers International- a community service civic organization. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia formerly Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia Tribune Charities.  Dr. Oates is an active member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where he serves as a member of the Board of Deacons and the past Chairman of the Community Re-Investment Ministry. Under his leadership, this fund has contributed more than $1.5 million to non-profit entities serving the disadvantaged in the Philadelphia region. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Boule. Patrick has also served as; Chairman of the Marian Anderson Historical Society Gala Committee, a member of the Steering Committee of the Health Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), a member of the Wistar Cancer Research Institute Leadership Board & Scientific Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Partnership School, a member of the Board of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, the Philadelphia Zoological Society Board, and the African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP). Dr. Oates was also appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell in 2004 to the Pennsylvania Board of Drugs, Cosmetics, and Medical Devices. He had the distinct honor of serving on the Philadelphia Finance Committee, the Pennsylvania Finance Committee, and the Mid-Atlantic Finance Committee for Barack Obama for President.

He is married to the lovely Evelyn R. Sample-Oates- the Executive Director of Government Affairs at The School District of Philadelphia. They are the proud parents of two beautiful and talented children, Andrea-Rose Sample Oates and John-Patrick Urias Oates.

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