Clinical Demand and Supply Leader, Genentech
BS Bioengineering, 2013
Current job description:
Genentech’s mission is to address unmet medical needs through developing new medicine. In order to release new medicine to the marketplace, we need to run clinical trials to prove that our new therapeutics are safe and efficacious. I predict how much medicine we need to produce (~2 years before patients need medicine) to ensure that we have enough medicine for the patients in our clinical trials and then firefight when there are inevitably issues with manufacturing, or more patients than predicted want to enroll in our trials. Currently, I am managing the global supply of a new Alzheimer’s drug and a Macular Degeneration (blindness) drug.
What makes you good at your job?
Remembering to put myself in other people’s shoes. When I’m faced with a new problem, I take a step back to brainstorm multiple possible solutions from different perspectives to understand which solutions are feasible, simple, and have the least risk. Sometimes a desirable solution to one group will cause another group more trouble down the line. Thus, it is useful to look at the big picture when problem-solving to choose the solution that makes sense for the greater whole by empathizing with all of the stakeholders.
What skills did you learn during your time in the BioE program that make you a success in your career?
EQ is SO important! I spent a lot of my time at Berkeley leading engineering clubs where I met diverse and talented students. Through organizing countless events together, I learned how to work with and adapt to different personality types. The friends that I met from engineering clubs were also my support network in college. I make a conscious effort to get to know my coworkers on a personal side to build a fun and supportive community.