Best Practices to Leverage Global Experience into Local Markets

By Mahender Nayak, Takeda, Senior VP/Head of ICMEA Region (India, Turkey, CIS countries, Middle East and Africa)

Originally from India and a physician by profession, I first started my post-internship training in emergency medicine after graduating from Bangalore University’s Medical College. Then, after completing an executive MBA, I joined the pharma industry some two decades ago. Today, I currently serve as Head of the geography that covers India, Ukraine, CIS countries, Middle […]


The Importance of Training Talent

By Fernando Borras, Takeda, Business Operations Head Middle East

Fernando and his journey at TakedaOriginally from Valencia, Spain, I moved to Dubai’s sunny shores in July 2019, to join Takeda as Head of Business Operations. Prior to joining Takeda, I spent the majority of my career in financial and business analyst roles in the pharma industry, including 11 years working at American healthcare company […]


My International Career at Roche

By Jörg Rupp, Roche, Head of Roche Pharma International (I7)

Patients and people are at the centerI started my career at Roche more than 35 years ago, as a student of a bachelor’s program in business administration at Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg, the first higher education institution in Germany to combine on-the-job-training and academic studies. I would spend three months learning new theory at school, […]


Developing and Nurturing Talent at Merck Greece

By Susan King-Barnardo, Merck Group, Manging Director – Greece

A little about you and your journey at MerckMy journey with Merck started 10 years ago when I joined Merck South Africa in Johannesburg as the Product Manager for the Diabetes portfolio, I subsequently then held the following roles within the affiliate: Business Unit Head – Fertility and finally Director of Commercial Operations and Excellence. […]


Our Commitment to Woman in STEM at Janssen

By Emmanuelle Quiles, Janssen, Europe, Middle East & Africa, President France

In France, women represent only 29% of graduates from Engineering schools. As a Biotech Engineer, I am one of them, but when I started my career, I did not realize immediately that women were not as visible as men. Now I know that, if we don’t move the needle, gender parity in these schools will […]


Developing Female Leaders at Bristol Myers Squibb – Combining Corporate Resources and Personal Mentorship to Unleash Our Potential

By Soo Bang, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vice president, Enterprise Integration Lead

As we look back on 2020, I am in awe of how much we have accomplished at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), especially when it comes to creating a positive environment to develop and enable female leaders across our global company. The last year was a year of significant transition for many of our colleagues, myself […]


Career and Talent Development in Advanced Markets at Roche Diagnostics in Asia Pacific

By Agnes Ho, Roche Diagnostics, Head of Sub-Region Two, Developed Growth Markets, Asia Pacific

I began my career in the healthcare industry in 1985 – first at the Hematology & Blood Bank department at the National University Hospital (NUH) Singapore for a few years, before moving on to Medical sales and finally joined Boehringer Mannheim which was later acquired by Roche. This was more than 25 years ago, and […]


Woman in Leadership at Roche

By Brigid Waite, Roche, Deputy Medical Director – Strategic Partner Chapter Lead, Medical Affairs

A lightbulb momentI was sitting in a meeting room last week with some peers and we got talking about how long we have been at Roche. When it was my turn, I proudly said “Almost 25 years!” It wasn’t until someone in the room said, “Aren’t you turning 50 this year? You have spent half […]


Mentoring and Leadership at Biogen Czech Republic

By Michaela Hrdlickova, Biogen, Director Patient Advocacy Europe/Canada/Partner Markets, SMA

I have been involved in the pharmaceutical industry since 1995. Between 2010–2017, I was Country Director of Biogen, Czech Republic. Since 2011 I have held position the of Vice President of the Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry. In 2017-2019, I led the international team responsible for a specific therapeutic area in Central/Eastern Europe. Currently, I […]


How I Use Leadership Lessons to Help Develop Talent at Merck Group

By Anand Narasimhan, Merck Specialties Pvt LTD, Managing Director

For me, being a true leader is very close to my heart and I believe I’m still learning. Reflecting on some memories from my school days, I strongly feel that the process of learning begins very early on. Those days, we students were divided into different Houses for competitions and academics. And during one such […]


Building a Magnet for Talent at Sanofi

By Pius S. Hornstein MSc PhD, Sanofi, General Manager & Country Lead

Having spent my career working across various cultural settings, from headquarters, countries in the Middle East, US, Europe, Latin America, as well as Asia, including some of the key emerging markets such as Brazil and China, I have increasingly become more passionate about developing people, and learned a lot about what are some of the […]


De-Bunking Five Common Myths of Mentorship

By Teri Lawver, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Global Vice President, Immunology, Global Commercial Strategy Leader

Years ago at an industry conference, I was preparing for a panel discussion on biotech leadership when one of my co-panelists casually remarked, “I wish people I don’t know would stop emailing me and asking me to mentor them!” He wasn’t unwilling to mentor, but he was perplexed as to how these strangers thought he […]


Unleashing the Power of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace at Pfizer

By Antonio Bebba, Pfizer, Diversity & Inclusion Council Europe Member

‘We are committed to diversity and inclusion’. It’s so easy to say, and with sincerity, but unless this statement is backed up with action, it is just lip service. One of the main reasons is that every human being on the planet is unconsciously biased, and will favour those who are ‘like’ them. Research confirms […]


Mentoring as a Way of Being: Development of Biotech Talent at Roche

By Eva McLellan, Roche, Head of Business Strategy, Transformation & Innovation, Belgium

How do you define mentoring? What is the impact mentors at Roche have played on your career?I have a very personal, intimate and powerful connection with mentoring. I learnt early on the powerful contribution a mentor provides to a mentee, I learnt this from my father. He was my first mentor as he naturally lived the principles of mentoring, shared them […]


Lilly’s LGBTQ Employee Experience: Enhancing with Empathy

By Jonathan Scott, Eli Lilly, Digital Strategy Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications & Chair Emeritus of the Lilly Pride employee resource group

Here at Lilly, inclusion is woven into the fabric of our work. It’s not an isolated segment of what we do – it’s who we are. That extends to Lilly’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) employee experience. As with all communities and organizations the world over, this part of our employee base includes […]


“The New Normal” at TEVA

By Richard Daniell, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, EVP – Head of Europe Commercial

This year has seemed particularly dystopian with the disruption created by the COVID19 pandemic. In Europe we are still in the second wave as we are approaching Christmas, requiring us to be particularly cautious as we celebrate. Our lives as we knew them were changed overnight, from worrying news headlines, to lockdowns, social distancing and […]


Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders at Pfizer

By Andy Schmeltz, Pfizer, Global President & General Manager, Oncology

When I think about the next generation of leaders in the workforce today, I often think of the seismic shifts these twenty and thirty-somethings have seen in their relatively short time in the professional world. Many Millennials – roughly, those born from 1981 to 1995 – entered the workforce at the height of a financial […]


Talent in the MENA Region at Janssen: How We Bring Diversity & Inclusion to Life

By Ana Raposo, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J, Country Director, Gulf Countries

I have been the Country Manager for the Gulf countries (UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain) for Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson for the last 2,5 years and I have been working in the MENA Region for the last 4,5 years. As I get ready to depart to a new career challenge back […]


Company Culture and Working Dynamic at Roche Belgium

By Brigitte Nolet, Roche, General Manager, Belgium

Transforming a company begins and ends with its culture  Brigitte Nolet is General Manager for Roche Belgium and Luxembourg since December 2018. She has held a number of global and affiliate leadership roles within the pharmaceutical company since joining 14 years ago. Just over a year ago, the BeLux affiliate started a transformation journey to […]


How We Support our LGBTQI Colleagues at Sandoz and Novartis

By Inge Maes, Sandoz, Global Head of People and Organisation

Twenty years ago, at the start of my career as a newly minted veterinarian in my native Belgium, I did not know what diversity & inclusion meant.  However, listening to diverse opinions and having respect for people was instilled in me early on because of the values our parents taught us at home.  My own journey from working as a veterinarian to leading a global network of HR professionals is another reason […]


At Roche, Our Passion Meets Our Purpose

By Kara Brotemarkle, Roche, General Manager, Philippines

A Journey of Continuous GrowthI have a confession; I initially didn’t plan to be at Roche for very long! Like many people fresh out of their studies, I thought I would get some early valuable experience and then perhaps move on to another challenge. Yet I ended up enjoying my experience so immensely that I’m […]


Achieving Gender Equity Begins by Looking Beyond Gender

By Noora Alsagoff, MSD, Head, Human Resources, Asia Pacific

Imagine growing up and constantly hearing that you should be a teacher. While you recognize that it’s an honourable profession, you are told it’s because teaching is a respectable job for a woman, and more importantly, ensures you’ll have enough time to fulfil your responsibilities – as a daughter, a wife, a mother. While this was a commonly-held belief within the traditional Middle Eastern and Asian cultures in which I was raised, my family believed […]


How Biocon Academy Has Turned Raw Talent Into Potential Industry Professionals

By Ramgopal Rao S, Biocon Academy (Biocon), Academic Manager

Biocon Academy – Genesis and ObjectiveStarted by Biocon in 2014 as a corporate social responsibility initiative and centre of excellence for ‘advanced learning in applied biosciences’, Biocon Academy has successfully managed to grab the attention of thousands of biotechnology graduate/post-graduate job aspirants and hundreds of industry professionals across India. Within a span of 6 years […]


Merck Group’s Internal Management and Leadership Program

By Lev Goldin, Merck Group, Director, Global Cardiovascular, Metabolism & Endocrinology Franchasie

Since joining Merck in 2013, I have had a variety of experiences, learnings and development opportunities. Some of them were crucial to gain a better depth in a specific disease area or function, others were incredibly important to widen the range of my knowledge across business sectors, therapeutic areas and functions. As David Epstein describes […]


Leadership Lessons for the Next Generation of Leaders at Merck Group

By Boon Huey Ee, Merck Group, General Manager Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau

Having worked in the Healthcare industry for more than 2 decades, I am blessed to have identified my goals and aspirations at the very early stage of my career. As a Biochemistry major, I started off working at a lab as a quality specialist. I soon came to the realization that as much as I […]


The Next Generation of Biopharma Talent at Novartis Turkey

By Avinash Potnis, Novartis, Managing Director, Turkey

I am always excited to explore the depth and diversity of the generations, especially how their ecosystem has shaped their thought process. In my previous articles, I deliberated on the values that bridged Gen X and the Millennials. Here I want to discuss Millennials further, specifically looking at the demographic cohort born between 1981 and […]


Gender Equality at Takeda

By Dina EL Salmy, Takeda, ICMEA Head of Portfolio Management Growth & Emerging Markets Business Unit

Starting in the pharma industry some twenty years ago in Egypt, I have been fortunate enough to gain a significant amount of experience over my career. My journey has seen me cover multiple therapeutic areas, including oncology, immuno-oncology, haematology and inflammation to name but a few. I’ve also worked in various functions covering sales, marketing […]


Trust in the time of COVID-19: Why a Culture of Trust is crucial to persevere through and emerge from crisis at Takeda Asia Pacific

By Thomas Willemsen, Takeda, Area Senior Vice President Asia Pacific (APAC)

The COVID-19 pandemic has upturned the lives of communities, businesses and economies around the world. As these unprecedented times persist, business leaders have prioritized employee health and safety while also ensuring business continuity – and for those of us in healthcare – continues to meet the medical needs of the patients we serve. As I […]


International Careers at Pfizer

By Deb Mangone, Pfizer, Country Manager and Managing Director Finland

Some people know what they want to be when they grow up by the time they are 5 years old. For me, I’m still figuring that out, but that’s part of the adventure – seeing opportunities and taking chances. I set my sights on an international experience with Pfizer in 2016 when I started working […]


Inspiring Leadership at MSD – MSD’s First Female Regional President in APAC

By Dorthe Mikkelsen, MSD, President Asia Pacific

“People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci We are all shaped by the context in which we are raised, but we are not bound by it. I was born and grew up in a small town in Denmark, about […]


My International Career at Merck Group

By Schalk Opperman, Merck Group, Managing Director & General Manager Croatia & Slovenia

I have been with Merck for about 20 years, covering several countries and spanning two continents. The main reason why I have been able to stay with Merck for so long is firstly because my personal values coincide well with the Values of Merck and the ways that Merck treats and develops its people. But […]


From Science to Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion – My Journey at Sandoz

By Stefanie Nickel, Sandoz, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

At a mid-point in my career, I feel incredibly lucky to have had the working with many wonderful colleagues in very different jobs ranging from studying medicine and working in heart surgeon to earning an MBA and working strategic consulting to 10 years in marketing and sales and most recently to HR with a focus […]


My Key Leadership Lessons During COVID-19

By Andre Musto, Merck Group, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Cardiovascular Metabolism & Endocrinology Franchise

Earlier this year, in the midst of the pandemic, I changed roles from the Regional Vice President of APAC and took on my new role as the Senior Vice President of the global Cardiovascular Metabolism and Endocrinology franchise for Merck Healthcare KGaA. Normally, this would mean I would be travelling around the world meeting my […]


How IPSEN Has Transformed for its Employees During COVID-19

By Regis Mulot, Ipsen, Executive Vice President & Chief HR Officer

Ipsen’s raison d’être is simple: patients depend on our innovative medicines and our mission is to provide them. Working as we do in areas of high unmet medical needs, we have a real sense of urgency when it comes to fulfilling our mission. But to do so, our collaborators have to be able to perform. […]


Cultural & Organizational Transformation At MSD

By Ashish Pal, MSD, Managing Director, Singapore & Malaysia

The global pandemic is challenging leaders and their organizations to reaffirm their purpose and reimagine their operating model. In fact, in so many ways the pandemic is redefining leadership. I made a choice to step out of my comfort zone when I chose to move to the Emerging Markets after spending little over a decade […]


Why People are the Bedrock of Roche’s Transformation Journey

By Rachel Frizberg, Roche, Area Head APAC, Pharma International

Healthcare is an industry where nothing stands still. New technologies, changing patient demographics, economic shifts, and the ongoing global pandemic have all inspired healthcare companies like ours to adapt the way they work. Roche is used to embracing change, of course. With a history that spans over 120 years, we understand the importance of being […]


What it Means to be Inspired, Curious and Unbossed at Sandoz

By Emilio Rubio, Ph.D., Sandoz, Head ERC, SIR|Ethics|Risk|Compliance

When people ask me about my joining experience at Sandoz, I often describe myself as a “COVID hire”. After all, I started with Sandoz on May 1, 2020, right in the middle of the first wave of the pandemic in Europe. In all my 20+ years of working, this was a first on many levels. […]


Why Giving Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing is Important…

By Arleen Paulino, Amgen, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing

To be successful in manufacturing requires the ability to integrate across multiple disciplines of science and engineering with a capability to science and engineering. Successful manufacturing is rooted in execution excellence and the ability to rapidly deploy manufacturing technologies while leveraging them to drive operational efficiencies and ensure reliable supply. This fast-paced and dynamic work […]


Eli Lilly and Company: Where Diversity and Inclusion Are a Business Imperative

By Joy Fitzgerald, Eli Lilly and Company, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Joy Fitzgerald, Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer pictured with Steve Fry Vice President Human Resources at Eli Lilly As the pace of change accelerates across our global pharmaceutical industry in the face of a pandemic and other business challenges, Lilly’s culture and values provide a solid foundation from which we work to fulfil […]


The Hispanic Promise: Reflecting the Face of Modern America

By Nanette Cocero, Ph.D., MBA, Pfizer Vaccines, Global President

In August, Pfizer became a signatory of The Hispanic Promise, a first-of-its-kind national pledge to hire, promote, retain, and empower Hispanic employees in the U.S. The pledge was launched in 2019 at the World Economic Forum in Davos as the result of a joint effort among several Hispanic organizations asking the business leaders and companies […]


Innovation and Learning Culture at Genentech: A Personal Perspective

By Andrew C Chan, MD PhD, Genentech, Inc, Senior Vice President - Research Biology

In biopharma, we are faced with the problem of understanding human disease well enough to intervene for patient benefit.  Due to the complexity of human biology and limitations of traditional laboratory reductionist approaches to discover new basic biologic concepts, innovative perspectives from biology, technology, drug discovery, computational, translational and clinical scientists are needed to discover […]


How to Influence People When Nobody is Looking…

By Richard Saynor, Sandoz, CEO

There was a saying in the banking sector at the time of the (last) financial crisis that “culture is what happens when nobody’s looking”. It’s a salutary reminder to anyone with a mission to drive a specific “corporate culture”: cultures, be they corporate, national (or even biologic) have a life of their own. As leaders, […]


Merck’s Manufacturing Leadership Development Program

By Mansi Raythatha, Merck, Associate Director, NA & EU Program Lead - Manufacturing Leadership Development Program

The college graduation celebrations and joyful sounds of (virtual) cheers have come to a close, and you’re gearing up to start the beginning of your career at a new company – now what? The transition from academic-life to work-life is a transformational step for most individuals. For the companies receiving these new hires this transition […]


The Mission in Motion: People, Science and Passion

By Nicholas J. Amato, Moderna Therapeutics, Senior Scientist, in Vitro Biology

“To deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicine for patients”. This mission statement, literally written on the walls, is the common thread that sews the Moderna community together.  From the moment you walk in, you begin to experience this mission in motion.  You see presentations with bold […]


Diversity as a Key Success to Biopharma

By Ritu Shrivastav, Gilead Sciences, Senior Director HR

“We all should know that diversity makes a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour.” – Maya Angelou Today, we live in a composite, interconnected world, a modern society, wherein diversity is shaped and determined by digitalization and globalization. With […]


A Pandemic Brings With It The Promise of What’s Possible.

By Bill Anderson, Roche Pharmaceuticals, CEO

For seven months now, my colleagues have been working tirelessly to fight COVID-19 and ensure we continue to deliver medicines and new advances for patients with many serious diseases. As a leader of a large global organization, I’ve had a unique view of how people can face adversity and make the most of challenging situations. […]


Diversity and Inclusion: It’s Good for Business

By Celeste Warren, Merck, Vice President Global Diversity & Inclusion COE

When we look at the pharmaceutical and biologics industry, we know that there are parts of the world where patients are becoming more empowered.  They have more access to data and technology, and they are becoming more knowledgeable, confident and inquisitive around their health decisions. But in addition to this, there are segments of the […]


My Career at TEVA – Physical Characterization

By Maša Rajic Linaric, PLIVA, Manager Physical Characterisation

Maša Rajic Linaric is an associate director at R&D TAPI Physical Characterization, researching solid-state active substances. Here, she reveals the secrets of her success, as well as a deep appreciation of the properties of chocolate. My job is to deliver affordable active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for medicines, with improved characteristics. As head of the department […]


3 Tips for Advancing Your Biotech Career

By Bill Mezzanotte, CSL Limited, Executive Vice President, Head of R&D and Chief Medical Officer

The biotechnology industry, and in particular R&D, is fundamentally about hope. Hope for patients and for the company that you work for. It is also the business of risk, change and experimentation as researchers strive to build and deliver on an exciting and broad pipeline that serves new patient communities or patient communities already being […]


Starting a Movement Through Internal Business Influence at Pfizer

By Jane Finch, Pfizer, Quality Assurance Specialist & Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Through a combination of personal circumstances, transferrable skills and fortunate timing I have been able to start a movement in Pfizer’s UK business, which has brought together colleagues from all levels and is making a significant contribution to Pfizer’s Inclusive Culture. Pfizer is one of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceuticals firms, with more than 90,000 […]


Leading with Impact Through Storytelling

By Robyn Shumer, Johnson & Johnson, Associate Director Bridges – Talent Development & Leadership Development Program

Do you ever have complicated data to share with a diverse audience?  Maybe you create detailed, colourful tables and charts that get deeply granular?  Do you ever think that maybe you’ve lost your audience when presenting important results orally or in print?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time for you […]


Biotech Lights Passion for Improving People’s Lives

Penny Wan, Amgen, Regional Vice President & General Manager JAPAC

Taking on Challenges that Matter, Career in Life Sciences Opportunity to Help People Live Better Lives Penny Wan didn’t always plan on a career in pharmaceuticals or biotech. She started her studies at Monash University in Melbourne in the computer science program because at the time it was the most cutting-edge field to go into. […]


Building Highly Effective Analytics Teams

By John K. Thompson, CSL Behring, Global Head Of Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

John K. Thompson, Author of Building Analytics Teams and Global Head of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Currently, I am the Global Head of Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence at CSL Behring, a global biopharmaceutical company.  Before CSL, I was an Executive Partner at Gartner, acting as a management consultant to market leading companies in […]


Driving Inclusiveness, A Journey or Destination? Reflecting on our Story in MSD Indonesia

By George Zaki, Associate Vice President of Oncology for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Region

Ideally, the only diversity question to be answered would be about the best strategies to achieve an inclusive workplace – one where talent thrives, regardless of background.  The value of diversity itself would not be questioned.  And there would be no need to explain that diversity embraces not just gender, but religion, race, sexual orientation, […]