Meet Ash

Tell us a bit about yourself

After completing my MBA from McGill University in Montreal in 1998, I started my career with another large Bio-pharmaceutical company. I worked through a number of commercial positions including market analyst, primary care sales and speciality sales. I moved to Roche Pharma Canada in 2006 as a Sales Trainer for the Lytics portfolio (Activase, TNKase and Cathflo). Following this I was a Product Manager for Tamiflu, and later for Actemra, which we launched in Canada in 2010.

I transitioned to an International Product Manager role at Roche Molecular Systems in the United States later that year, to support the launch of the cobas® BRAF Test which was the companion diagnostic for Zelboraf. Eventually, I was promoted to International Business Leader and I’m part of a Lifecycle team which supports a number of on-market (BRAF, EGFR, KRAS, PIK3CA) and pipeline companion diagnostic tests.

In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

I work at Roche Molecular Systems in Pleasanton California. We have global R&D, Business and Administrative functions for the Roche Diagnostics PCR business at this location. It is a comfortable, safe and multi-cultural work environment, and we have the pleasure of being located in the Bay area, where the sun shines pretty much all year round. We have a gym, an active social committee and monthly employee socials where we celebrate our accomplishments with food, beer, wine and good-company.

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

What strikes me most about Roche is its commitment to the patient and pursuit of innovation. We live personalized healthcare on a daily basis every day here at Roche Molecular and it gives me an opportunity to interact with an amazing set of people that are motivated to do what is best for the patient.

What is your current position at Roche?

As an International Business Leader, I manage a team of five International Product Managers that are a smart, competent and fun group. We work hard and play hard, supporting each other through our opportunities and challenges. My business team is part of a larger Lifecycle team which comprises key functions like Research, Development, Regulatory, Operations among others. It excites me getting in to work every day because I never know what to expect given that we operate in such a dynamic and progressive environment.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

I would highly recommend Roche as an employer for a number of reasons. The company recognizes that people are its most important asset, and focuses on them and their personal development. As an employee one feels empowered to make a difference and there are ample opportunities for career growth and promotion (across the Globe and across Diagnostics and Pharma).

How would you describe the people working here?

People working at Roche are smart, motivated and want to make a difference for patients. They exemplify the Roche values of Courage, Integrity and Passion. You see people from diverse backgrounds and skill sets join this company, but they all find a common purpose which they drive towards.

How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”

Working as part of a lifecycle team that is focused on personalized healthcare through companion diagnostics, everything I do on a daily basis points to “doing now what patients need next”. I see Roche making decisions based on how we can improve the lives of patients and in doing so delivering on a brand new vision of healthcare. I see the synergizing of Diagnostics and Pharma as an integral part of this vision which always has the patient at the center of it.

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