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Meet Hannah Huang, Associate Safety Director at Roche

Hi, my name is… 

Hannah (Xinhui) Huang. I am an Associate Safety Director in Roche’s Pharma Safety organisation. I was born and raised in China, and moved to the United States for college. After earning a Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in the United States, I started my career as a Clinical Drug Safety and Risk Management post-doctoral fellow through the 2-year Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program. During my two-year training, I developed skills in pharmacovigilance practices through active involvement in clinical trial and post marketing safety surveillance, assessment of safety signals, and risk management activities. I also had the opportunity to learn from world-class safety experts within Roche and contribute to several significant projects from early development through to marketed medicines. I joined the company as a full-time employee in 2017. On reflection, the fellowship experience helped me gain essential skills for clinical safety, pharmacovigilance and the pharmaceutical industry to jumpstart my career. 

My typical day at work…

The great thing about working in the pharmaceutical industry and in safety is that there is not really a typical day. Depending on the life-cycle of the molecule in question, my day-to-day activities can be quite different. For example, I have been working on a pre-market molecule that has been through the process of global market applications and filings in the past 18 months. My day-to-day activities primarily involve reviewing safety data from clinical trials, performing aggregate safety analyses to identify safety concerns and communicating safety-related findings to global health authorities (in writing, by teleconference or in meetings). During the review, I wrote safety sections of registration dossiers and addressed safety questions from global health authorities. It was an honour to be part of a global effort that brought a newly developed, life-saving medicine to patients.

The location I work at is…

Genentech’s South San Francisco campus – the headquarters of Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the US. The campus is located on a peninsula which is about 13 miles south of San Francisco, and boasts beautiful views of the bay and San Francisco’s striking skyline. There are many amenities located conveniently on campus, such as a state-of-the-art fitness center where I played basketball with colleagues after work, full-service cafeterias, health clinic, and concierge and travel arrangements, and many more. The office building features a mix of shared open and enclosed workspaces which are conducive to both collaborative and individual work. 

My work helps Roche to…

The oath I took during my white coat ceremony (a ritual which marks the change of the student from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences) when I graduated from pharmacy school has served as an ethical compass throughout my career. As one part of the oath goes, “I will apply my knowledge, experience and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.” In my opinion, ensuring patient safety is a critical aspect of delivering optimal treatment outcomes. My work as associate safety director detecting, assessing, understanding and preventing adverse effects enables me to improve patient safety and optimise treatment outcomes on a global scale.

Roche as an employer is…

A wonderful place to work. It is well-known for treating employees well. The company empowers employees to take an active role in career advancement and offers many career development opportunities. In the meantime, the company also supports the compatibility of family and career, and provides competitive, comprehensive benefits to help employees focus on their daily work while maintaining a good work-life balance. 

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