Product Manager – Inflammation
Sector: Health Science, Human Services
Born: Outside Canada
Type: Career Profile
Biology, Biotechnology, Business & Economics, Chemistry, Health
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
When I was
- Physical Education / Health
- 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