Meet Alvin

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I was also educated locally at UC Berkeley, in which I studied Molecular Cell Biology (emphasis in Neurobiology) and Computer Science. Fortunately, with Roche, I was able to live and explore the world in countries like Switzerland, New Zealand, and Germany for years and months at a time. I love the travel and enjoy meeting all the amazing people and cultures that are a part of it. 

I also enjoy rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, martial arts, tennis, softball, and the occasional poker game with friends and colleagues.

What is your current position at Roche?

I am an Assay Development Program Managers at RMD Pleasanton site. As a part of the Process and Support Team, I help manage the processes that govern our assay development teams. Our goals are to unify processes throughout all sites, increase efficiencies, streamline/simplify and help make the everyday work for our colleagues better. I am also the Single Point of Contact for development’s ATF (Algorithm Testing Framework) and the ELN (Electronic Lab Notebook) software.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

Throughout high school and college, I spent most of my time in computer related jobs to help pay for my schooling. After graduating, before heading toward medical school, an opportunity at Roche became available to explore the research field. I told myself, only two year. Yes, only two year max. However, joining the Program in Core Research (P.C.R) group was a changing point in my life. The science was amazing, new, and innovating, but the people I had the pleasure to work with were absolutely astonishing. Their knowledge, kindness, and sense of family just blow me away. Two years turned to five, five is now fifteen. 

How would you describe career development at Roche?

Sometimes those opportunities just fall in your lap, but for most you have to actively seek it. The environment at Roche is no different. If you look for it and have the passion, then Roche will have the opportunities.

What has been your biggest opportunity to date within Roche?

Roche has provided me with numerous opportunities to grow and branch out. Opportunities like living in Switzerland to manage the development of the HEV first wave assay on the 68/8800 (1-2 yrs), or living in Germany as a part of the RAS knowledge transfer team (2-3 months), or living in New Zealand as a Senior Product Specialist training new hires, customers, engineers, and business team (2-3 months), and the list goes on. However, the biggest opportunity to date is my recent transition to Product and Support. Our group gets to interact and affect so many different divisions and groups with what we do. I love it and it lets me enhance the skills sets I already have.

How would you describe working at Roche in three words?

Passion, Innovation, and Family.

What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?

Don’t stop looking for a job at Roche. Once you’re in, you have a whole world of opportunities to explore. The best things are worth the effort, and the effort to get a job at Roche is worth its weight in gold. Good luck and welcome to the family.

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