A great lifetime at Roche
Career paths can go in many different directions – and Sean Boyle has taken his career with Roche over the past 25 years through many interesting and challenges roles.
Sean originally joined Cetus Corporation, the small Alameda-based biotech that was acquired by Roche in 1991 for its polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology.
“It was exciting – we were growing and there were great opportunities for advancement,” said Sean. “We were a small group and we created strong friendships, great professional relationships and a sense of community that I still feel at Roche Molecular Diagnostics today.”
Furthering the sense of community was Sean’s relationship with Henry Erlich, his mentor and one of the scientists who developed PCR. Henry’s support and tutelage made a lasting and significant impression on Sean.
“To work with a scientist of Henry’s caliber, someone who’s publishing papers, exploring scientific frontiers while also leading a team, was something I recognized as a rare and fulfilling opportunity,” explained Sean. “He was a great scientific mentor who facilitated technical discussions based on deep subject matter knowledge and impressive scientific rigor, tempered with patience and a collaborative spirit.”
Over time with Henry’s team, Sean worked on numerous projects in sample preparation and Human Genetics, and contributed to the development of DNA based PCR tests for donor-recipient matching in tissue transplantation, as well as genotyping tests for HPV, for use in cervical cancer screening. He felt good about going to work every day and built his career with Roche.