Senior Product Manager at Amgen
I was born/grew up in: Guelph ON and I grew up in Toronto
I now live in: Toronto ON
I completed my training/education at: BAH at Queens and Master of Health Management at the University of Toronto
Describe what you do at work.
Much of my day is filled with planning for the future development of tools, strategies and messages related to the medications we are working on. Because we are working to develop treatments for diseases, I also spend a lot of time meeting with, and talking to, doctors and other health care providers. I also am responsible to identify the challenges and issues that need to be addressed. I also identify the different types of market research, and information on what our competitors are doing in the marketplace. I analyze the various data we collect to make decisions on how best to proceed with our production.
When I was a student I enjoyed:
How does your job affect people’s lives?
I am trying to get great medicines to people who need it as quickly as possible.
What motivates you in your career?
Helping patients and knowing that I am making a positive difference in people’s lives.
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
Describe your career path to this career.
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to help people. I was interested in healthcare but from a business perspective. I started working for IMS health, a company that provides information, services and technology for the healthcare sector. Here I was working on the supplier side of the healthcare sector. Later I was recruited to work at AstraZeneca in Market Research. That was the start of my career in pharma. I developed my skills and upgraded my knowledge in the different roles I’ve had and that has led me to where I am today!
What activities do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids. I also love to spend time with friends. I love sports and being in the outdoors.
What advice or encouragement would you give others seeking a similar career?
Marks are important but they aren't everything. Being able to work well on a team and able to network with others in the field is also important!