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Dr. Stephanie Ley: 12 years in Quality for Vaccines Manufacturing – 5 different roles and 2 kids

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3. July 2024 | 16:00 | online | BioMed FIRST

After studying Pharmacy in Mainz and Dijon, Dr. Stephanie Ley performed a 6-months research internship at the Cancer Center of the University of Arizona and afterwards joined a PhD program at the Pathobiochemistry Institute of Prof. Brüne at the University Hospital Frankfurt in cooperation with a Dutch Biotech company, where she spent 7 months performing a high-throughput screen on primary cell cultures. In 2012 she completed her PhD on “Macrophage polarization by apoptotic cancer cells - a RNAi high-throughput screen and validation of interleukin 10 regulation”.

After completion of her PhD, she decided to leave the research field and applied for various positions at different Pharmaceutical Companies. She was recruited by Novartis Vaccines (now GSK Vaccines) in Marburg and joined the company in 2012 as QA Manager Quality Release.

Over the next 12 year up to now, she held various positions within Vaccines Quality. Through a Vaccines Quality Leadership Development Program Stephanie worked for 1 year in Siena/Italy on QC Method Optimization Projects. Coming back from Italy she took over the Quality Assurance team responsible for 2 antigen production lines. Since starting a family, Stephanie works part-time as Project Manager, got IPMA-certified as PM and is currently leading the Documentation and Learning Transformation Program at the Marburg site, working together with global functions and sites across the globe.

Stephanie’s take home message: Stay curious and trust yourself. This in combination with logical thinking and an intrinsic positivity will get you wherever you choose.


Dr. Britta Acksel: Making Utopia possible - Scientific Advisor at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

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05.6.2024 | 16:30 | online | English | Center Sustain

Dr. Britta Acksel studied Cultural Anthropology and Political Science in Münster, Hastings (NE/USA), Frankfurt and, Istanbul. She completed her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt supervised by Prof. Dr. Gisela Welz and Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner (HU Berlin/TU Munich) in 2022. Titled “Städte auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigkeit. Ethnographische Einblicke und Analysen” her Dissertation was just published by transcirpt (funded by the Open Access Grant of Goethe-University). 

As the title indicates (literally translated as “Cities on their way to sustainability”) the cultural anthropologist does research on different aspects of sustainability, mainly in relation to cities for many years. Starting in 2013 she was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI), first working for Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie and from 2018 onwards for Prof. Dr. Julika Griem. In her time at KWI Britta Acksel was part of different inter- and transdisciplinary projects and involved in setting up the teaching lab, among other things. 

After a term at the Institute for Media Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, she started her current position at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy in 2023. Here she is part of the team Strategy Development and Research Coordination, where she works as scientific advisor for methods of transformation research. Part of her work is knowledge management, consultancy concerning research methods, committee and outreach work, methods development and research, acquisitions, and many other things. As part of the Sustain-Career Talks she will share insights into her work for one of Germany leading research institutes for Sustainability and Transformation research. 

GRADE CompuMath Career Talk: Christian Lennerz, Accenture

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27.05.2024 | 17 Uhr | online

Christian Lennerz is a Managing Director of Accenture leading the Technology Strategy and Advisory (TS&A) practice in Switzerland. He studied Computer Science and Business Administration and obtained his doctorate degree in Computer Science at Saarland University in 2005. His research focused on computational geometry.

Christian spent the last 20 years in the Consulting industry where he held various roles for Accenture in the European market. He has banking, capital markets and insurance background and is focused on transforming financial services clients through data and technology.
Accenture is a multinational professional services company, specializing in technology services and consulting with 64bn USD of revenue and 730.000 employees as of 2023.

Christian is looking forward to share perspectives from his professional experiences and invites you to discuss any questions that could help you to find your future career path.

GRADE BioMed FIRST Career Talk: Dr. Ivan Krstic, Director of Marketing at Elsevier Life Sciences, on development of software for chemists in pharma and academia & the transition from academia to a non-academic career

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April 24, 2024 | 16:30 | online

Dr. Ivan Krstic studied chemistry in Belgrade and earned his PhD at Goethe-University in the Prisner lab. He stayed on as a postdoc for two years before deciding to join Elsevier as a Customer Support Specialist. Ten years later, he now serves as Senior Director of Marketing in Elsevier Life Sciences, leading a team of ten product marketers responsible for understanding the needs of researchers in pharma, developing global marketing strategy and plans, creating value propositions, product positioning, messaging content, and enabling sales and other teams to tell the story. His previous role was Director of Product Management and Head of Chemistry Solutions, where he was responsible for business growth, strategy development, roadmap execution, and overall product management of Reaxys. Ivan and his team work closely with pharma customers to help them solve challenges in early drug discovery and lead optimization, as well as pharmacovigilance, using Elsevier's chemistry software Reaxys, biomedical solution Embase, and others.

What he enjoys a lot is being in constant contact with researchers at different stages of their careers and helping them solve their scientific and career problems. The transition from PhD/postdoc to a non-academic career has piqued his interest, and he has given several presentations and workshops on this topic, including at his former research group and universities worldwide. He is happy to share his knowledge and experience at Elsevier and address some of the challenges and fears he has noticed, even among successful senior scientists at large companies or universities.

This Career Talk will focus on chemists, biologists, and pharmacists, as these are the areas covered by his life science unit, but others are also very welcome.

GRADE BioMedFIRST Career Talk: Dr. Theresa Gimbel - Quality Assurance Manager (Insulin plan) at Sanofi

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March 13, 2024 | 16:30 | online

Dr. Theresa Gimbel studied Biomolecular Engineering (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) at TU Darmstadt specializing in RNA biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

She continued her academic career with a PhD at the Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration in the group of Prof. Dr. Reinier Boon (Goethe University Frankfurt) with the focus on the role of non-coding RNAs in age-related processes in the vasculature.
After finishing her PhD in 2022, Theresa switched to the pharmaceutical industry and joined the team of quality assurance manager in the insulin production at Sanofi.

Theresa will share the experiences she made throughout her transition to industry and talk about her daily tasks in quality management.

GRADE Karrieregespräch „Im Gespräch mit Dr. Dusan Backonja, Regierungsrat im Bundesministerium des Innern und für Heimat (Abteilung V – Staatsrecht, Verfassungsrecht, Verwaltungsrecht)

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05. März | 17:00 | Online

Dr. Dusan Backonja hat von 2009 bis 2016 ein Doppelstudium in Rechts- und Politikwissenschaft an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main abgeschlossen. Daran anschließend war er als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Professur für Straf- und Strafprozessrecht von Prof. Dr. Christoph Burchard/damals Exzellenzcluster „die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen“ tätig und wurde vom Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft mit einer Arbeit an der Schnittstelle von Straftheorie und Völkerstrafrecht promoviert.

Nach Abschluss des Rechtsreferendariates im Bezirk des Oberlandesgerichts Frankfurt am Main und dem 2. Staatsexamen (Stationen im Rechtsamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main und im Bundesministerium des Innern und für Heimat) war Dr. Backonja als Tarifbeschäftigter/Referent in der Zentrale des Auswärtigen Amts tätig. Seit März 2023 ist Dr. Backonja Regierungsrat im Bundesministerium des Innern und für Heimat. Gegenwärtig begleitet er dort in Referat V II 5 (Staatsangehörigkeits- und Einbürgerungsrecht) die Modernisierung des Staatsangehörigkeitsrechts.“

Der Weg aus dem Labor in die Stadt - Dr. Stephanie Dinkelacker - Referentin für Digitale Transformation

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06. Februar | 17 Uhr | Online

Dr. Stephanie Dinkelaker hat an der Goethe-Universität Biochemie studiert und wurde 2007 promoviert. Nach einer intensiven Forschungstätigkeit im Labor während der Doktorarbeit orientierte sie sich danach Richtung Hochschulverwaltung und Projektmanagement.

Es folgten Stationen in verschiedenen Abteilungen der Goethe-Universität, oft mit Digitalisierungsbezug. So war sie u.a. als Referentin der Vizepräsidentin zuständig für Studium und Lehre tätig.

Von 2018 bis 2020 qualifizierte sie sich berufsbegleitend durch ein Teilzeitstudium im MBA-Programm der Goethe Business School in Digital Transformation Management.

2022 wechselte sie zur Stadt Frankfurt und arbeitet seitdem als Referentin für Digitale Transformation direkt für die zuständige Stadträtin an der Schnittstelle zwischen Politik und Verwaltung.

Wenn eine Karriere in der öffentlichen Verwaltung interessiert, der ist in der Session genau richtig, alle Fachrichtungen sind willkommen.

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Karrieregespräche mit Dr. David Bausch – Commerzbank

31.01.2024 | 14:30 | online

Dr. David Bausch ist Spezialist und stellv. Abteilungsdirektor für Change- und Transformationsmanagement in der Commerzbank. Der an der Universität Koblenz-Landau promovierte Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftler forscht seit vielen Jahren zu digitalem Stress und dessen Auswirkungen auf Organisationen und Mitarbeitende. Er ist einer der wenigen praxisorientierten Experten im deutschsprachigen Raum. Dazu hat er die Beratung Digi2place gegründet, die sich auf die Schwerpunkte „Digitaler Stress“ und die „Zukunft der Arbeitswelt“ spezialisiert hat und ist dazu Experte des Münchner Leadership Instituts und in der Initiative der Coaching Lions. Sein zweiten Buch „Digitaler Stress: Schattenseite der neuen Arbeitswelt“, wird voraussichtlich im April 2024 im Haufe Verlag veröffentlicht. Darüber hinaus lehrt Dr. David Bausch Change-Management in verschiedenen Masterstudiengängen an der Hochschule Mainz. Abseits seiner beruflichen Tätigkeiten ist er in der gemeinnützigen Initiative „Aufsteiger“ als Mentor für junge Menschen engagiert. Und engagiert sich als Ambassador für die Sensibilisierung der Arbeitswelt 4.0.

GRADE Career Talk: "Hello Doctor - Daily live of a Medical Science Liaison" - Dr. Claus Schuh (GSK, Switzerland)

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10. January 2024 | 16:30 | online

After studying life sciences and finishing a PhD most of us face the reality of “What the heck do I do now?”. Career fairs and PhD programs provide more and more ideas what to do next but often it is not clear what industry jobs really are about.

Medical Affairs is rather young function in pharmaceutical companies and is still developing and shaping. In short Medical Affairs provides the non-sales connection to Health Care Professionals (HCPs), Patient Organizations and the connection to Clinical Research, but also provides medical expertise inside the company to other functions. In this career talk I would like to give you an idea what Medical Affairs jobs there are in the pharmaceutical industry, how a normal week is looking like for office based and field based roles, how I came to Medical Affairs and what skills are helpful to get you there.

Since Medical Affairs is an integrative function in most pharma companies, I can also provide you some side views on what my colleagues in e.g. Marketing & Sales, Compliance, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs are doing if you are interested in these functions.

Dr. Claus Schuh studied Biology at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany before doing his PhD on “Prostanoids in central and peripheral pain processing” at Gerd Geisslinger‘s Institute of Clinical Pharmacology of the University Hospital Frankfurt in the group of Klaus Scholich. Afterwards, he worked six years as a Postdoc at the Institute of Anatomy of the University of Zurich (UZH) establishing and developing in vivo renal Multiphoton Imaging in the mouse. After a short project as coordinator for clinical studies at the University Hospital Zurich he joined Sandoz/Novartis Switzerland as Medical Scientific Liaison/ Medical Advisor in July 2020. In 2023 he joined GSK in Switzerland as field based MSL.