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Paulo Covizzi

Senior Manager, Development Operations
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Paulo Covizzi is the Senior Manager of Development Operations for Amgen.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil

I now live in: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I completed my training/education at: Pharmacy, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas

What I do at work

I am responsible for a team of about 50 people. Our main objective is to make sure that the data from our clinical trials from all levels (e.g., hospitals, other medical intuitions) are of high quality. People within our company use most of this data. Through providing this data, I am supporting the development of new medicines. Therefore, my team's main goal is not to develop a drug, but to support the development by providing high quality data from our clinical research. My role requires me to make decisions everyday. For example, I decide which sites or doctors will participate in clinical research based on our current knowledge and experience. I work with many other colleagues across different departments within Amgen. I also work with researchers outside our company.

My career path is

I started my career in clinical trials even before I entered the pharmaceutical industry. When I was in high school, I worked as a trainee in a hospital. I was introduced to clinical trials at this time.  I always enjoyed STEM so when I graduated high school I studied for a degree in pharmacy. While I was working on that degree I got to work on clinical trials. After I finished my pharmacy degree, an opportunity came along to follow this area as a career path and I took it. 

I am motivated by

My role and department is very dynamic. Every day is different with respect to the work we are doing and the people I work with.

How I affect peoples’ lives

What my team and I do is to produce high quality data that helps support the approval of future drugs that can positively affect the lives of patients.

Outside of work I

Playing and watching soccer is one of my favourite hobbies. I also enjoy biking and fishing. As someone new to Canada, I am continually discovering new exciting activities that I can pursue.

My advice to others

Take initiative and start as early as possible. Starting my career in STEM opened the doors for my career today.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Geography
  • History
  • Math
  • Physical Education / Health
  • Science
  • Technology
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought People Together
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Always wanted to be outside
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given specific instructions
  • Played video games
  • Was really creative
  • Always threw the best parties
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
  • Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
  • Engaged in activities such as fishing
  • Learned Best by Doing

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