Elvis Ruiz, 29
Senior Manager Development, Digital, Acorda Therapeutics
Elvis Ruiz sums his job up in one word: innovation. As senior manager development, digital, for Ardsley-based Acorda Therapeutics, Ruiz is helping the biotechnology company stay on the cutting edge. Since starting there in 2007, the Dominican-born Ruiz has worked his way up the ladder by developing groundbreaking technology within the company. He’s led the efforts to develop Acorda’s digital workspace, Synapse; he’s worked with Acorda’s commercial team to improve digital tools and resources for field-based personnel, increasing their efficiency in the process; and he’s currently developing a Google-esque search tool that will allow employees to find documents, videos, and other files housed across various IT platforms. “I’ve been able to advance my career based on taking risks and looking for new solutions. I improved systems that made the company more effective—and at the same time showed my professional skills and growth,” says Ruiz.
• Ruiz was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and moved to New York City at the age of 15.
• Shortly after graduating from Lehman College in 2007 with a BS in computer systems (and a minor in computer science), Ruiz joined Acorda as an IT technician. He taught himself SharePoint (team collaboration software), leading to a handful of promotions to his current position.
• Ruiz also holds multiple computer- and technology-related certifications, including MVC, .NET, and Microsoft SQL.
• What’s it like on the tech side of things? “My days change as much as the weather,” he says. You may find him working on a development-related issue while simultaneously troubleshooting a database-related issue. Or, perhaps, a conference strategizing a new system and shortly after requesting quotes for different implementations.