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Meet Charlene Parado, Global Studies Manager

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Charlene Parado. I started working at Roche in November 2011. I went to York University where I studied Kinesiology and then completed a Clinical Research graduate certificate at Humber College. I consider myself a true people person! I love socializing with family and friends and have made many close friends at Roche over the years. I love cheering on the Toronto Raptors and enjoy going to the theatre to watch musicals. I like to balance my love of trying new restaurants with working out and playing soccer.

Tell us about your role at Roche.

I am a Global Study Manager at Roche. I help run global clinical trials by delivering on all operational aspects of studies through all phases of Clinical Study Management. My job is to help manage the operational aspects of a clinical trial globally. This involves managing vendors that we work with to provide study specific tools or lab kits for instance. It also means working with our country clinical operation partners to assist in selecting qualified sites, as well as getting the sites trained and ready to enroll patients for the trial. I help manage the study budget and develop recruitment or risk management plans. The day to day can vary depending on the complexity of the trial so it is always challenging and exciting. I have the opportunity to work with team members at different sites and countries to ensure a trial is meeting its goal of gathering data to help inform the future of the molecule.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

At the time I joined Roche, global study management roles were just being placed in Mississauga. This was a new department and it was very exciting to be able to join from the beginning. Before joining, I heard Roche was a large global company, but I was not aware of its reach until I became an employee. I was learning from colleagues all around the world of the various roles and contributions they were making to help develop innovative medicines, and it was overwhelming and amazing.

Our impact

When I started at Roche our department was very small and only had a handful of studies. Now we have grown exponentially thanks to the recognition of how well we work as a department to deliver on our study goals. The molecules we get to work on are exciting and keep us engaged and challenged. We have a supportive team that you would be joining, and a network of friendly colleagues who want to see you succeed.

The place to Work

I work with a group of very talented, intelligent, innovative and motivated people. We all come from diverse backgrounds but all have the same motivation to help patients. Over the past 8 years I have been fortunate enough to meet and interact with colleagues in various departments and I get a sense that everyone feels as fortunate as I do to work here.

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