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The journey of a drug

Category: R&D Global Development R&D Regulatory Affairs | 1 comments

I am sure that you have many reflections about where to go with your life after ending your studies, and that some of them have to do with your future career. Some lines further down on this blog post, I will share with you some of my own reflections. I hope they can be of some use for you, but whether they can or can’t I hope that you will follow your heart and pursue any dreams you might have. While doing that I will encourage you to get some insights into the many job opportunities that are out there, and even though I will start out here on a philosophical note, the aim of this blog post is in fact to draw your attention to one place to get some of those insights. But that will have to wait a little while :)

I often look back at my time in the university as well as the time leading up to it, wondering what made me choose that direction and even what made me stay there within the brick walls of the mathematical department where signs and symbols come together as various involved formulas in an attemt to describe the world that surrounds us. I know that what I liked about studying mathematics was the idea of the existence of relations and concepts that are indisputably true. That idea has an aesthetical beauty to it, which can affect you in a way similar to that of great art. What I at the same time – and increasingly as the years went by - struggled with was the recognition that such an idea will probably always remain an idea, and when too many thoughts are given to that, it can at times be a discouraging recognition and lead to a desillusioned state of mind.

I can’t say whether a different path through the life that I have lived so far, would have resulted in a different way of thinking, but I do think there has been an association between the occasional desillusion and the fact that I found it hard to see where I would like my studies to take me in terms of jobs and career. Towards the end of my studies I had a single job interview with an insurance company and also gave a lot of thought to start teaching in high school. But it was the job add for Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme in Global Development that really caugt my interest, and I am happy that I decided to apply for that job.

I work with drug development. That’s essentially what I do. As a biostatistician I analyze data from clinical trials that are conducted all over the world in order to demonstrate that the drugs under development are efficacious and safe to use. I believe that the drugs taken to the market by Novo Nordisk improve the life of millions of people around the world. At the same time I have an idea in my head about a world where less people are in need of the drugs I help develop. I still have hopes that this idea will someday materialize into some kind of truth, but there is also the fear in me the it will remain an idea. I believe that the people who work for pharmaceutical companies can play an important role in both materializing a better world as well as keeping the idea of such a world an idea. I hope I can be one that falls within the first category.

Drug development is a complicated thing and a process that starts early in the laboratory and continues well after approval of a new product. I am continuously learning more about the process every day. If you have any interest in drug development, may it have a scientific, clinical or marketing oriented foundation, then I will lead your attention to an event hosted by Novo Nordisk which takes place on April 24th at both the University of Copenhagen as well as at the Technical University of Denmark. At this event, celebrated scientists from Novo Nordisk will take you through the “journey of a drug” from discovery to approval and use for treatment. For more info about the event, please see here:

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One Comment to The journey of a drug

  1. Posted April 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
    Lise Munch-Hansen says:

    Dear All,

    Read more about the event here:

    Meet us:

    KU from 11:00-12:00, Auditorium A3 Universitetsparken 2, 2100 København Ø

    DTU from 14:00-15:00, Auditorium 81, DTU Lyngby Campus Building 116, 2800 Kongens Lyngby

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