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How Does Science Fit Into Regulatory Affairs?

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As a scientist it can be very hard to find employment outside of the laboratory. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Program attracts so many bright scientists eagerly looking for a career away from test tubes and statistical analysis.

Although Regulatory Affairs is a department branched under Research & Development, we do not dress in white lab coats and we definitely do not mix chemicals at our desks. So how exactly does a science background help with everyday work in Regulatory Affairs? I took this question to the current Regulatory Affairs graduates to find out!


Q: What skills specific to a science education do you utilize in your work as a Regulatory Affairs Graduate?

Holti (MSc Molecular Biomedicine): I think being able to present highly complex scientific information in a simplistic language – both verbal as well as in written form – is a skill that comes in handy in Regulatory Affairs. In science you often have to explain really complicated mechanisms and data to a variety of audiences –  the same came be said for Regulatory Affairs. I also found that being part of a research group helped give me essential project management skills such as planning, coordination, and team work which is used daily in my job at Novo Nordisk.

Nani (MSc Neuroscience): My science background helped to enhance my presentation skills. During my degree I would have to regularly present findings of my research during lab meetings and poster presentations, to name but a few. This has helped with my confidence when presenting, the quality of my slides generated, how to engage the audience etc., which I try to utilise when I have to present in meetings here at Novo Nordisk.

Nicoline (MSc Pharmacuetical Design and Engineering):  What has helped me a lot was the focus on the pharmaceutical industry in my degree. I didn’t just have courses in science – I also had courses that “zoomed out” to give the students a better understanding of the different phases of drug development (research, development, production, clinical trials, patenting etc.) and how they are connected. This insight into the pharmaceutical process, from search to marketing, has been extremely valuable to me.

Constanze (PhD Clinical Biochemistry):  Being able to quickly grasp a lot of information from many different stakeholders and organizing it into an overview  is a skill I used all the time during my PhD and still today in Regulatory Affairs. Learning to keep minutes, writing agendas, and learning how to drive meetings in the lab definitely prepared me for doing the same at the meetings I attend here at Novo Nordisk.

Maggie (MSc Human Nutrition): I had a lot of focus on critical reading during my education. We were constantly reading journal articles and dissecting them to the smallest of details. This ability to read into information and critical assess the quality of the data is something that I use in my work here at Novo Nordisk. I have to evaluate and review information that is sent all over the world and I need to ensure that it is not interpreted in the wrong way. Learning to read and assess nutrition research articles from different perspectives has definitely helped with that.

Annika (MSc Molecular Medicine, MSc International Health Policy): Having a comprehensive overview of the health policy and system setting in different countries is currently helping me understand the market access aspect of pharmaceutical development. This knowledge has allowed me to understand and contribute to key strategy discussions when trying to launch a new product here at Novo Nordisk .


MSc: Masters of Science

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