From a German Scholarship Holder to an Enthusiastic Bachelor’s Degree Student

What exactly does Roche do? This was the question medical technology student Lars Fischer asked himself 1.5 years ago. At that time, he had just found out that his application for the German national scholarship program at his university was successful. Roche had decided to promote him for a year as a talented and committed student: "I already knew about Roche as a company before, but my interest in getting to know Roche as a potential future employer was first sparked by the scholarship." Not waiting long, Lars researched on the company’s website and the social media channels, and sent his unsolicited application to HR Marketing & Recruiting.


The result of the unsolicited application and a successful application phase was that Lars got positive confirmation a few weeks later. Really excited, the medical technology student started at the Mannheim site at the beginning of September 2016 with a six-week traineeship: "First off, I familiarized myself with the core business and products to then get started with the Bachelor thesis in mid-October." In this, everything centered around one of Roche’s new blood glucose measurement devices, which is used for professional application in the clinical segment. In the scope of his final degree thesis, Lars developed an additional application for the device in the programming language C: "Based on the one already existing, I realized that you can document blood sampling with the device. This is done by using the device to compare the barcode on the patient’s wristband with the barcode on the blood collection tubes." That way, it’s possible to prevent a tube from potentially being allocated to the wrong patient, and an incorrect parameter then being defined in the lab. "During hectic everyday life in the clinic, taking blood samples from the wrong patient must be prevented. Particular caution is required here, not least because the names on the labels of the tubes are depicted in a relatively small format." The software application developed by Lars prevents any mix-ups, and it is now going through the test phase. Integration capability and practical suitability are currently being tested on two blood glucose measurement devices at a major university hospital.

During the work on his Bachelor thesis Lars was supported in the best way possible by his mentor and project manager. Regular meetings were held with him, during which the project status, challenges and next steps were discussed and agreed on. At the same time, Lars also appreciated the freedom to be able to work independently. He kept his focus sharply on the timetable when programming, and was able to submit his Bachelor’s thesis right on time in mid-January 2017. "Looking back, that was definitely a fantastic experience. Not only theoretically covering everything in entirety during the studies, but also seeing that the software demonstrator is now used in trial operations at the clinic is a wonderful feeling. The insights I gained at Roche during the project are one-of-a-kind and tremendously valuable for my professional and personal development!"

Lars already has a vision for the future. Before the end of this year, he wants to begin his Master’s studies in the information technology sector with a specialization in medical technology. For this purpose, he has applied throughout Germany. In light of his positive experience and the wide array of exciting topics, he can imagine going back to Roche for his final Master’s dissertation. We would be happy to welcome you at Roche again soon and would like to say: goodbye for now and we wish you all the best for your Master’s degree program!

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