Data specialists at Roche - A growing field

What do data specialists actually do at Roche and how do you get this job? Vinzent Rolny is group leader in biostatistics at Roche in Penzberg and has been working in this field for ten years. Today he reports on his impressions at Roche and explains why data scientists are so important in the healthcare sector.

"Freedom in my work has always been important to me," says Vinzent. How did he come to Roche? Vinzent studied statistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and became aware of Roche through an Internet job advertisement. Today he heads a group of biostatisticians who support projects for the discovery and development of biomarkers. These are used, for example, to improve the diagnosis of diseases and thus help doctors and patients. Tools from biostatistics as well as machine learning are part of the biostatisticians' toolbox to extract the necessary information from the data and make decisions based on it.

Over the last ten years, the Penzberg department where Vinzent works has grown from six to 40 employees. This is because in today's data age, not only have requirements increased, but the potential in the individual areas has also expanded. "For example, we need to demonstrate the clinical benefit of individual biomarkers much more and more," explains Vinzent. That's why the collection of data is essential. "Another point is that the added value of biostatistics for the work at Roche has been clearly demonstrated in recent years, resulting in more orders and inquiries".

What do data specialists do at Roche?

Nowadays, data scientists are extremely important - and Roche is no exception. More and more complex amounts of data are being collected from which scientists draw conclusions that can ultimately help to make a process more efficient and, among other things, to develop biomarkers.

An important task in this area is to analyze the data efficiently and in a targeted manner. The scientists always work in cross-functional teams and in close cooperation with internal and external project partners. From the different data, analyses are performed using various methods to identify patterns that help, for example, to improve production processes or develop new biomarkers. "An important task at the moment is to identify biomarkers that help detect cancer earlier. If it is detected early, patients are more likely to survive. So the goal is to combine the data in order to maximize the benefit for patients," emphasizes Vinzent.

Diverse tasks and development opportunities

For Vinzent, natural curiosity and the ability to work scientifically and independently are basic prerequisites for working as a data specialist at Roche. "What is special here are the diverse tasks. The willingness and desire to learn new things is very important," he emphasizes. Roche supports its employees in this and offers good development opportunities, for example by attending conferences.

As far as personal development is concerned, Vinzent appreciates that colleagues in his department are very much encouraged: "You are given responsibility in the individual project teams very quickly, which means that different communication channels and perspectives can be learned."

Vincent concludes: "The variety in the individual projects is the reason why I have been working at Roche for so long. I always have the feeling of learning something in my work and developing both professionally and personally. The family relationship at the plant further underlines this."

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