Over the past years, many global efforts have inspired and engaged women and girls in science. Yet there are many opportunities to improve to include women in participating in science to the full extent of their abilities.
Today, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, initiated by the United Nations General Assembly to draw attention to the gender imbalance and raise awareness of women and girls’ essential contribution to science and technology.
As an international pharmaceutical company, Eumedica welcomes women and girls worldwide to lead innovation, research and to inspire others to choose science as a career. And today, we are delighted to introduce Sandra Callens, our Senior QU Specialist.
Sandra, why did you choose to study science and how did it influence your career path?
It really started in high school where I felt more affinity with the world of science and mathematics. As time went on, I became more and more interested in the pharmaceutical industry and how it works. That’s why I studied Biochemistry in Leuven with a specialisation in pharmaco-technology. During my degree, I was able to experience life in the laboratory and, among other things, work on a yeast DNA sequencing project. From this, I understood that my place was elsewhere. It was at another level that I wanted to contribute to the treatment of patients in need.
So I started my professional career in quality assurance in a distribution centre of a pharmaceutical company where I ensured the supply of medicines to patients. One thing led to another, I built my career in QA and joined Eumedica 10 years ago. I am proud to work in this field and I always keep in mind that behind a medicine there is a patient. In the end, that’s what I go to work for every day.
Do you think enough is being done to promote women in science ?
As a woman in the scientific world, I have noticed different approaches compared to male colleagues. I have the feeling that you always have to prove yourself a bit more. Now, I think that the situation has changed over the years and that taboos have been broken. I think that women are beginning to get more room in this sector.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is definitely an initiative I support. To be honest, I didn’t know we celebrated this until Eumedica promoted it a few years ago. I think It is important to talk about it and to continue to open the debate so that things can evolve positively.
What is the ratio of men to women at Eumedica and what do you think of the place of women ?
There is almost perfect equality between male and female workers in this company. Since I have worked here, I have never felt any difference in treatment because I am a woman. Everyone is recruited for their skills and personality alone. Male or female, it makes no difference. We have mixed teams at both administrative and operational levels. Even more, over the last 5 years, two women have taken on the role of Managing Directors. This proves that women are given the chance to fill roles of high responsibility.
What advice would you give to young women thinking about a career in research or science?
My advice would be simple: follow your dream! If you are interested in a career as a scientist, don’t stop at the few prejudices that still exist. Things are changing and you can be an important part of that evolution!
It’s already been a year since we announced the construction of our new facility in Manage. And what an incredible journey it has been ! From the excavation works to the assembly of storage racks, we’ve seen this 3000sqm warehouse grow up so fast. We can’t wait to make the best of it and extend our customers’ satisfaction thanks to our state-of-the-art standards of services, flexibility and know-how gained throughout the years.
Last week, we were happy to participate and exhibit at the CPhI Worldwide in Milan. Back as an in-person event, it was a real pleasure to be able to meet face-to-face again.
Today, we would like to thank everyone who came and visited us during this great event. We hope that you enjoyed the congress and that all business meetings reached your expectations.
On our side, we are ready to strengthen our current partnerships and explore new opportunities with excitement and ambition.
Through the years, the CPhI has become the biggest fair in the pharmaceutical industry. During 3 days, it gathers professionals and suppliers from around the globe. After a break in 2020, this edition took place from Tuesday 09/11 to Thursday 11/11 at Fiera Milano.
You still have remaining questions? You couldn’t come to the CPhI ? Do not hesitate to contact us.
With more than 35 years’ experience, we have become a key international player in the pharmaceutical industry and a pharma partner dedicated to the success of several multinational pharmaceutical companies.
As an independent and international company we provide our clients with unique solutions and on-demand services, whatever their needs and location:
We are proud to announce that we recently concluded an exclusive distribution agreement of the TEMGESIC®/ BUPREX® / BUPREXX® (Buprenorphine – Sublingual Tablets & Injections) outside North America.
With this new addition to our current portfolio, we demonstrate our willingness to keep on extending our activities by entering into a new therapeutic domain: the moderate to severe pain management.
The strong brand equity of TEMGESIC®/ BUPREX® / BUPREXX®, its key positioning and its particular features are enabling us to reinforce our purpose to guarantee that essential medicines remain accessible to the patients and to the healthcare professionals.
TEMGESIC®/ BUPREX® / BUPREXX® is marketed in complementary countries to our current country scope and we will ensure the continuity of supply in these territories:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden;
Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan;
As well as in United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland & South Africa.
We are looking to the future with enthusiasm, comforted by the quality of our team, of our approach and of our diversified portfolio of therapeutic solutions.
After announcing our warehouse expansion in January, we are proud to inform you that we are increasing our storage capacity thanks to the acquisition of a 1000m² warehouse.
This new facility named Eumedica Scailmont located close to our main site Eumedica Nauwelette is a step forward to meet the growing demand of storage from our current and new customers. Indeed, storing there any non-GDP material will enable us to free up some space in our GDP areas for pharmaceutical products in our main warehouse (-40°C, -20°C, 2-8°C, 15-25°C).
This expansion will definitely contribute to keep a high customers’ satisfaction, and to fulfil our mission: “Ensuring Medical Care Continuity “
It sounds like yesterday we announced the extension of our warehouse. Times flies and major milestones have been accomplished since January. Today, we’re happy to share with you some new views of the work progress.
This new 3000sqm warehouse is the logical continuation of former extensions and falls within our mission to ensure medical care continuity. With more GDP storage spaces and GMP rooms, it is designed to expand our activities and meet the constant growing demand:
GDP storage for pharmaceutical products at 15-25°C; 2-8°C; -20°C and -40°C
GMP rooms for labelling and packaging at 15-25°C; 2-8°C; -20°C
Today, we are celebrating the 6th edition of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This annual international day has been established to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. It is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.On this occasion, we want to introduce you to our Medical Science Liaison Germany, Kristina Grimm.
Kristina, why have you chosen to step into the scientific world ?
I’ve always seen science as an adventure. You explore, investigate and develop new components. You are always at the forefront to learn and search something new. It’s all about facts. You can prove what you see. For these reasons I started my biologist studies at the University of Münster and Köln and I worked in a lab.
How working as a MSL make sense to you?
After obtaining my PhD and working in a lab in the US, I started my professional career as Account Manager for companies specialised in pharmaceutical products for rare diseases. While I enjoyed these experiences, I felt I missed the scientific part of it.
At Eumedica, as MSL for the German market, I help to ensure that our products are utilized effectively and serve as scientific support for the medical community and internal colleague. Moreover, I enjoy developing relationships with specialists who are involved in the infectiology research such as microbiologists and epidemiologists.
Being the link between both sides is very exciting and inspiring every day as, at my own scale, I contribute to making sure patients are treated in the most effective way.
How is Eumedica different from other places you’ve worked at?
From the beginning, I felt that Eumedica believes in its people, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a woman or a man. From my experience, I know it’s not always the case unfortunately. As from my job interviews at Eumedica I immediately thought that I was considered as an equal and that our discussions were more exchanges of experiences between two colleagues.
Besides, at Eumedica, while most of the activity is in Belgium, working abroad is not an issue. Indeed, everything is put in place so it doesn’t matter where you work, you’re a strong member of the family.
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