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Making an impact through data at Roche - Meet Gourav

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Published: 2023.02.20.
I am Gourav, and I started my career with excitement in a start-up focused on designing drones and using advanced technology right after my engineering degree in 2016. Over the course of time, my passion shifted from drones to computational and analytical methods used in designing them. This approach was a game changer in my career path as I realised that the same methods can be used in a lot of business applications rather than just in core engineering. I started to delve deep into analytical methods, math and stats, and entered the domain of data analytics a year later.
After a couple more years of hustling in an e-commerce start-up, I joined the Global Analytics and Technology Center of Excellence (GATE) team at Roche in May 2021 – right in the middle of the second wave of COVID-19 in India. To be honest, I wasn’t very sure as to how I would fit in here as I had very little experience in the healthcare domain prior to joining Roche. But the in-house ecosystem at GATE was very welcoming and gave me the right amount of time to get onboarded with the right set of tools. Within just a few months, I not only started to own the project’s deliverables but also started to contribute towards the team’s internal initiatives.

Roche is a huge organisation with affiliates all over the world but the GATE team was formed just over a few years ago. I personally feel that this is the best environment to be in as it combines the strong growth mindset of a start-up with the stability of a multinational company. There are immense opportunities to learn new technologies and gain exposure to multiple high-profile commercial projects the firm deals with. With the team’s recent partnerships with global units, I have been given the chance to interact and collaborate with my overseas colleagues in the fields of digitisation, machine learning and data science. These projects span various sectors, from finance to procurement and supply chain.

"At some point in our lives, we've all experienced being on the receiving end of healthcare, whether for ourselves or for those close to us. However, it's a unique and fulfilling experience to be part of the giving end."

Gourav Sharan

Senior Analyst

​​​​​​​At GATE, I have observed a positive team culture that plays a significant role in shaping our dynamics and growth. The culture fosters cross-team collaboration and creates a comfortable environment where everyone feels empowered to share ideas and try new approaches. Over time, this sense of comfort has also helped build confidence among our team members, allowing us to freely voice our thoughts not only in team meetings but in other avenues as well. It’s been well over a year here for me and the growth I have witnessed in terms of both personal and team’s is something phenomenal!

One of the strongest factors that can enable a successful career is the conviction one develops of the impact one’s job or role can have on society. I got the opportunity to work with the Access Solutions team, which helps patients access the treatment recommended for them, especially those who are diagnosed with severe diseases and require benefits that generally don’t fall
under their insurance coverage. My analysis helps the team take crucial calls on benefit investigations and any facilitations the patients or the healthcare professionals need till final drug approval. The insights and data I provide through my analysis have a direct impact on patients’ lives, as I can see the results of my work reflected in the outcomes for patients. Every record that streams through the data set is nothing but a part of a patient’s life.

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