Meet Andrea, Medical Affairs Senior Associate at Roche

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have over 15 years’ experience as an Executive/Administrative Assistant for various industries including IT consulting, insurance, and event management. I was born in Toronto, grew up in Streetsville/Mississauga, and now reside in Georgetown. I love to run (trail & road) and you may see me training for my 2nd half marathon!

What is your current position at Roche Canada?

I have had the pleasure to work in an administrative capacity for Clinical Data Management/Statistical Programming & Analysis, Country Clinical Operations and now I am a Senior Associate with Medical Affairs. I've learned so much being with the product development side of the business and now with the commercial side.  I am so grateful for all these learning experiences and look forward to many more.

What can you tell us about your work environment at your location?

My work environment is collaborative and exciting.  I sit in an area that allows for open communication and fosters teamwork.  Every day brings new ideas and challenges and keeps things exciting!   I am fortunate to also be a member of the social committee in the office where I get to interact with people who I don’t see on a daily basis.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche is a top-notch employer.  For the first time in my career, I can honestly say that I feel valued and embraced.  I have so much opportunity to learn new things.  I was hesitant about the learning curve coming from a consulting field, but the tools and training that were available to me made the transition seamless.  I learn every single day and I honestly have never felt like it’s a chore to come to work.  I have access to an on-site gym where I spend most of my lunch hours.  I have access to a cafeteria that caters to a very healthy eating lifestyle.  The benefits provided to employees and the work/life balance is the best I’ve ever experienced.

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

Many people would think an admin role wouldn’t have much connection to “doing now what patients need next” but I think the opposite.  If my Medical Director doesn’t get to meet with the right people or grab the right flight, then there could be missed opportunities to bring new medicines to patients.  I am a firm believer that we are all interconnected no matter what our job is and we all have a common purpose at the core – the patient.

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