Hi, my name is…

…Isabelle and I am currently in the Business Perspectives Program, a two-year global rotational development programme. I have just completed my first job rotation of one year as a sales representative in Sydney, Australia, and am now working in Market Access in Germany. Before joining Roche I worked in management consulting for life science and healthcare companies, based in New York, and in global public health at a public-private partnership NGO for malaria treatment, based in Geneva. I completed my MBA at INSEAD in France, and have a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Columbia University in New York. I am a retired competitive swimmer and am passionate about the environment and zero-waste initiatives. I am originally from Mexico and Belgium, having grown up in the US and Asia.

My typical day at work is…

…full of variety. In my job I get to work with specialists in areas such as marketing, medicine, pricing, regulatory, patient care, and clinical trials. I make sure that we are all working together to develop strategies and solutions to get a molecule through the early pipeline phase towards launch. My responsibilities include communicating with our international strategy team about Germany’s perspective on key strategic topics. What I love most is the cross-functional collaboration and learning about each of the components to the success of a product.

The location I am working at is…

…the Roche office in Grenzach, Germany, which is just over the border from Basel, Switzerland. There is a large campus here with several buildings, and it takes me five minutes to bike to work from my apartment! It’s also helpful being close to the Roche headquarters in Basel.

My work helps Roche to …

…make strategic decisions and develop early solutions to potential challenges facing molecules in the pipeline phase. My job helps to improve patients’ lives because we strive to ensure that life-saving and innovative medicines become available to our patients. In doing so we work with German government systems to find the best way forward.

Roche as an employer is…

…focused on the patient, the innovative science, and its employees. There is a strong sense of passion for healthcare and improving patients’ lives.

What's the best advice you ever received in your career, and who did you get it from?

I have heard many successful people say, “follow your passion”, and this is very important to me. Apart from that, the best advice I’ve ever received in my career was from the career counsellor in my MBA programme, who told me to bet on myself. Until then, I usually tried to figure out what the “right” next step was, but of course there is no “right” answer. Being in tune with what you want to do with your life and having the confidence that you will figure it out means you will, even if it isn’t easy or straightforward.

What do you do to help balance life and work?

It’s easy to expend too much energy trying to strike a balance between work and life, as opposed to just doing your work and living your life. I believe in listening to what your body, heart and mind are telling you, and adjusting accordingly. It is an ongoing process.

Do you want to find out more about the Business Perspectives Programme? Find more information here.

Tags: Career Blog, Switzerland, Basel, Research