Leading by Learning
Sitting Down With… Sophie Kornowski-Bonnet, Global Head, Roche Partnering.
Did you always want to work in pharma?
My main interest was actually chemistry. I come from a family with a chemistry and pharmacy background, and I always thought that chemistry had a magic touch to it. It seemed amazing that you could be sick, take a drug and then be less sick or even cured. I decided to go to pharmacy school and started working in pharmacy hospitals, but during my studies I became really passionate about the impact a company can have on health. This was reinforced when I started working for Abbott Diagnostics at the time of the launch of an HIV test. The epidemic was just starting to take shape and this test had the incredible ability to reliably/adequately diagnose people. I was determined to stay in industry and learn more of the business side after that.
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