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Nadim Youakim

Product Manager – Inflammation
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Nadia Youakim is the Product Manager of Inflammation for Amgen.

About me

I was born/grew up in:  Born in Alexandria, Egypt, moved to Canada at age 3 and moved to Kuwait at age 10 and back to Canada for university.

I now live in:  Oakville, Ontario

I completed my training/education at: University of Western Ontario – Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Honours. Post University I received my certificate for Regulatory Affairs (pharma).

What I do at work

I manage programs at Amgen that provide access to our therapies for Canadian patients. There are programs that help pay for certain medications. Other programs provide ongoing support for patients. For example, home injection services and nursing support. I help patients access these programs.

I use my science background to understand the products we work with. I also use my science knowledge to see how we can apply these products to address patients’ conditions.  I look at technology offerings that I believe can enhance the lives of our patients. I use my math skills in assessing program cost and projected benefits. I use my analytical skills to optimize program resources. When making decisions, I consider ways in which the program would be helpful for doctors and patients. My STEM background gave me the basis for developing the analytical skills that I use day to day.

My career path is

After I graduated from high school, I decided to focus on science at the university level. I always wanted to be able to do something that had a positive impact on society. I checked around and saw that the pharmaceutical industry fit that combination of science and societal benefit. There are many careers in pharmaceuticals that can achieve that combination. Later, as I achieved the regulatory affairs certificate, this pointed my career path to a marketing and support role.

I am motivated by

What I find motivating is that with every day comes new challenges. That changing landscape pushes me to adapt and solve problems. The environment itself is very fast paced. As a result, learning is dynamic and never ending which I find motivating.

How I affect peoples’ lives

The science behind what we do is fascinating and I get to see the impact of that science on patient lives. Considering the impact our medications have on patients, I feel as though my job helps them get access to those medications.

Outside of work I

When the weather is nice, nothing beats the freedom of a long motorcycle ride. Where? Wherever the road takes me! Working out is important – I feel a need to maintain my physical health.

My advice to others

Even though having good grades helps you have more options, they are not the only means to get to where you want to be. You have to be motivated and find your own path.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Math
  • Physical Education / Health
  • Science
  • Technology
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought people together
  • Played on a sports team
  • Played video games
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
  • Liked to take things apart to see how they worked

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