Meet Raul, Medical Science and Education Liaison at Roche
Tell us a bit about yourself
I joined Roche in May 2015 in Vancouver and relocated to Montreal in June. I was born and raised in La Paz (Bolivia), completed my undergraduate studies in France and the USA and moved to Canada for graduate school. I hold a Ph.D. in biology focused on immunology and tropical infectious diseases. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel and live in many countries, so I have a passion for exploring, multiculturalism, world food and I am fluent in Spanish, French and English (I wish I had the time to learn Portuguese and/or Italian!). I also thoroughly enjoy participating in group activities (sports in particular- football / soccer is my unofficial religion) as I love to meet new people and socialize.
What is your current position at Roche Canada?
I currently work as a Medical Science and Education Liaison (MSEL). In this role I am field-based (home office) and work closely with our country clinical operations team and our clinical research sites across Eastern Canada. I also attend several medical conferences per year - I am constantly travelling and interact regularly with our global teams working in the clinical development of novel compounds in various therapeutic areas. This makes my job varied, intellectually challenging and adventurous. It is also a great fit for me since it utilizes my biomedical knowledge and communication skills to their full potential.
How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”?
I am at the very centre of it, since I work supporting our compounds in clinical trials. These are potential future medicines which will address high unmet medical needs for many patients worldwide.
Why did you decide to join Roche?
After many years working at the bench in basic and then pre-clinical research in academia and at a small pharmaceutical company, I was ready and looking for a change. Working in Medical Affairs seemed like a great fit for me and I started applying for jobs at different pharmaceutical companies. During this process I learned a great deal about the importance of corporate culture. Although Roche did not seem like a strong fit from the outside, as I did not have much oncology exposure, I rapidly learned about their rich product pipeline in other therapeutic areas and applied. Folks at Roche identified my profile as a good match for the role and I started the interview process. During this time, I realized what an impressive company Roche is, and I was then convinced that this was a company I wanted to work for. So the decision to join was easy once they offered me a job.
What makes this a great place to work?
For me, Roche is a great place to work for many reasons, but the most important in my view are being given the opportunity to work alongside driven, knowledgeable and kind colleagues and having the opportunity to grow personally and professionally in an organization which gives me the tools and opportunities to take risks and challenge myself.