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I graduated from Freiburg University in Germany with a degree in biotechnology and shortly after left for the U.S., where I completed my medical research training with the class of 2007 at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a Department of Defense scholar. I have been wanting to work for Roche since 2004, when my dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. I distinctly remember arguing with the team of oncologists that we should try this new drug (remember, this was 2004) but it was already too late. So finally, in 2018, my dream came true and I am super excited to work for Roche – the company that is synonymous with “innovation”.
There is nothing more purposeful than making sure patients get the care that is right for them... The patient is really at the centre of the PHC vision. I like that.
When we think PHC, we usually refer to the identification of predictive or prognostic markers, maybe combination therapies, or comprehensive genomic profiling. But PHC is much bigger than that. It’s about establishing a solid health-economic basis for the best possible patient care, from diagnostic technology to therapeutic intervention.
The project that currently consumes most of my time is the Shining Tower initiative. It’s about identifying the data gaps, the evidence gaps, the policy gaps and then systematically working on them. It aims to address current limitations in the German healthcare system, in particular when it comes to providing the best possible personalised care for cancer patients. We face so many hurdles: from infrastructure and data privacy, to access, reimbursement, and regulatory issues. With global support, the Shining Tower team delivers crucial input to discussions with policymakers, payers, societies and regulators. I was instrumental in getting Germany on the shortlist of 10 countries that were selected for further investment through my input as the medical specialist in these multi-disciplinary teams.
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In my personal opinion, there is nothing more purposeful than making sure patients get the care that is right for them. Technology is constantly shifting the boundaries and what seemed impossible yesterday is within our grasp today. The Roche PHC journey is about pushing the envelope, and that’s what we do every day. I feel extremely privileged that I have the opportunity to be part of this… and I am sure you will feel the same.
Roche as an employer gives you all you need to fulfill your ambitions and achieve your dreams. Roche teams help you build your strengths, and fix your weaknesses. I start my day with a sense of purpose and I feel appreciated.
Looking back at the employees I have mentored over the course of my professional life, it is very gratifying to see that they all went on to have stellar careers.