Tell us a bit about yourself.
I joined Roche Sequencing Solutions in 2015 from Genentech, where I spent the last few years working on the Inspection Management team. I brought a breadth of compliance experience to the team, as I served with the FDA for 4 years in the San Francisco District Office and was responsible for the inspection and investigation of food and medical device manufacturers as a Lead Investigator. I started my career and got a good solid science background in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab as a Forensic Scientist for 6 years. I maximized my time there by participating in multiple units, including: Chemistry (Controlled Substance Analysis), Fingerprinting, Serology (Body Fluid Analysis), DNA Typing and Crime Scene Investigations. During that time I testified many times as a court qualified Expert witness in Local, County and Federal court cases.
I have two little boys, Vincent (7) and Santino (4) who I enjoy cooking for, traveling and playing baseball with. My wife, Thao, takes care of tiny babies as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
What is your current job?
Currently, I am a Principal Quality Specialist for Roche Sequencing Solutions Quality and Regulatory group in Pleasanton, CA. I am primarily responsible for the implementation, integration and administration of our Post Market Surveillance / Vigilance Program (e.g., Safety Board, Adverse Event Reporting, and Field Actions), CAPA Management Program, Nonconformance Management Program and Interim Inspection Management Program. I also partner with our global friends in the Case Monitoring and Resolution team, who provide global oversight for management of critical complaints.
Where did you study?
I earned a BS in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco. I worked for a year at a small enzyme biotech company before deciding to attend graduate school at the University of New Haven. There I received a MS in Forensic Science with a Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics.
In which Roche location are you currently working? What can you tell us about that location?
I currently work at the Roche Sequencing Solutions site in Pleasanton, CA. It’s 10 minutes from my house!!!!
What sets Roche apart from other companies?
From a previous FDA Investigators perspective, I would say that Quality sets Roche apart from other companies. I have been to countless companies where there was little importance put on Quality. It was a complete afterthought that was only thought about during inspections. One of the first impressions I received joining the Roche group was a Dr. Severin Schwan introduction video where he said “…ultimately, Quality is the true measure of our success…” That mindset is embedded within Roche and clearly demonstrates why this company is so respected and has been around for so long.
What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?
Be flexible. There are so many moving parts in Sequencing that you need to be able to adapt to this ever changing environment.
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”?
Patients want, deserve and have become accustomed to Safe and Effective products from Roche. The Quality Systems group and in particular the Post Market Surveillance and Vigilance Program helps ensure that the Sequencing products that we have on the market meet the highest of standards.