Working At Roche A Rewarding Experience

Tell us a bit about yourself

I joined Roche two and a half years ago, working on antiviral drug discovery projects that aiming at curing Chronic Hepatitis B, which is a global health problem that puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.

What can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

Pharmaceutical industry is ever-changing, and Roche is able to offer long-term organizational stability while permanently addressing new challenges. The flexible working hours help us to properly balance our work and personal commitments.

At Roche, it provides a work environment that helps us achieve our goals. We get a sense of accomplishment from our work and have sufficient opportunities to work on assignments to gain new skills. Employees are encouraged to build their careers and pursue their passions. Learning and development is strongly supported. It’s clear to us what career opportunities are out there and they go to the most qualified people.

Why did you decide to join Roche?

Roche is a pioneer in healthcare. The products we are developing are at the cutting-edge of innovation and transforming patients’ lives. This makes our day to day work full of meaning. At the same time, Roche maintains strong corporate values which are integrity, passion and courage. These values are being demonstrated consistently and provide a direction to its employees. I am proud to work for such a company.

As a discovery scientist, I particularly appreciate Roche’s persistence in investing in innovation. The pharmaceutical industry is changing constantly. While other companies are currently investing in over-the-counters and generics, Roche remains focusing on innovation. It invests around 9 billion Swiss francs in research and development every year, which is amongst the highest R&D spends in the world across all industries.

What is your current position at Roche?

As a virologist by training, my responsibility in the multidisciplinary team is to understand the virus life cycle and pathogenesis as much as possible in order to identify the treatment target. Moreover, when chemists are designing molecules, we are using various assays to check whether the compounds work in a desired way.

How would you describe the people working here?

At Roche, we have a collaborative work culture that is open and accepts individual differences. My co-workers respect my thoughts and feelings. I always feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things at work.

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

Roche is a company that puts the best people into discovering new ways of diagnosing and treating patients. If you have a passion to be working in this industry, do not hesitate to apply. Roche relies on its employees as a key element. It provides many development opportunities. But in order to grab them, you have to be prepared to challenge yourself and move out of your comfort zone.

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

As a company active in both diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, Roche supplies products from early detection and prevention of disease to diagnosis and treatment. The cooperation and synergy between these two business divisions is a unique advantage that sets Roche apart from other companies, helping us “Doing now what patients need next”.

Combining the strengths and expertise of both divisions, Roche is equipped to pave the way for moving towards Personalised Healthcare (PHC), where an accompanying diagnostic test is used to identify patients most likely to respond to a specific treatment or more at risk of side effects caused by specific drug interventions. In this scenario, therapies can be tailored to different subgroups of patients, which help us optimize the benefit for patients and ensure more efficient use of healthcare resources.

Today, the majority of Roche’s late-stage compounds are being developed with a diagnostic test to help personalise treatment.

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