When I was in my second year in grad school, I started having a lot of thoughts on what I really wanted to do upon completion of my study. Don’t get me wrong – I love science. I enjoy learning about health, studying the molecular mechanisms of diseases, and performing my own research projects in a lab setting. In the meantime, however, my intellectual curiosity extends beyond merely science: public health, healthcare policies, socioeconomic issues, communication and so forth. Moreover, I am very much of an extrovert, a ‘people person’. I like to meet new people and I am a firm believer of the power of teamwork.
What do I want to do for my life? I asked this question to myself many times. After all the self-reflection, I know I wanted to do something where my book knowledge and skill sets can be applied, something that encompasses the broad interests I have, something that brings me personal satisfaction, something that helps realize my full potential, and something that gives meaning not just for me but also for others.
Three months into my work as a Novo Nordisk Regulatory Affairs graduate, I know I made a great choice. I learned about different development projects in the company’s R&D pipeline (meaning exciting regulatory work years ahead!). I used my scientific knowledge to review and to give input on clinical documents. I worked on a few trial applications that involved countries in the midst of the global harmonization effort of regulatory activities (here comes the challenge in guideline interpretation!). I also took part in the New Drug Application (pre) submission phase of two valuable products developed by the company, where I gained hands-on experience in the regulatory procedures of different health authorities as well as how to communicate product values to the authorities.
All in all, I have been happy, challenged, and motivated. For those of you who have a Master’s degree in science or engineering, and if you are also interested in exploring areas interfacing science and other disciplines, Regulatory Affairs may be a very good area to pursue. If you want to hear more about it, feel free to let me know!