Marguerite

Head Technical & Regulatory Affairs

Joined us in 1995, based in Belgium

What makes you, you?

I’m a positive thinker who’s inspired by the thought that I’m developing vaccines that protect people from terrible diseases – maybe that’s why I’m a bit of a workaholic!

What’s the best thing about working here?

Since school, I’ve wanted to use my science skills for the benefit of society. Vaccine development lets me do that. I’m very proud that we’re making vaccines available to all people who need it, particularly the developing world.

What are your highlights?

My first nine years were spent as a scientist, eventually leading the pre-clinical virology department in research and development (R&D) Vaccines, before moving over to regulatory affairs in 2004. I lead various teams focusing on technical, non-clinical and procedural aspects on adolescent, adult and paediatric vaccines. It’s interesting to see how the science managed in R&D is ultimately brought to the customer. I’m not sure where my career will lead me next but I’m interested in exploring other aspects of regulatory affairs or different jobs. There are regularly opportunities to contribute to vaccine development in different ways.

How have we supported your development?

I’m a great believer in continuous learning. My managers have always supported and helped me build my capabilities, as well as encouraging me to consider going beyond what I imagined for my career.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?

In all levels of our organisation we are united by our values. Before joining, consider those values and how you could share them.