Pills don’t teach skills
Working for Roche over the last three months gave me an opportunity to work with passionate colleagues in an entrepreneurial environment, to get a deep understanding of the challenges individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders are facing and to gain a wealth of knowledge about digital solutions in healthcare as well as insights into how pharmaceutical companies can better foster innovation in this area.
Originally half Bulgarian, half Russian, I spent most of my last 12 years in the UK pursuing my university education in International Relations and Management followed by working in London for a life science-focused consulting company before enrolling in an INSEAD MBA programme and landing this great opportunity with Roche.
I became passionate about life sciences due to a personal family story which showed me first-hand the life-changing impact that advancing our medicines can have on people’s life.
In my current position at Roche, I am leading a business case creation for a digital platform that will enable autistic individuals to achieve their full potential.
Compared to my previous experience, my time at Roche has given me an opportunity to work with digital health products – something I’ve never experienced before and which turned out to be quite different from working on pharmaceuticals. The Innovation & Sustainability (I&S) programme helped me to develop because it allowed me to learn about the digital space in Pharma and understand the internal decision-making process, as well as meet many wonderful people! To people who are interested in the I&S programme I would recommend to be curious and be ready to come with a solution-focused mindset – most of my interview was not about myself, but about how we can solve the problem together with my team.
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