My name is Olena Krasichkova, I am an industrial pharmacist. Based in Mannheim and Basel I have worked for Roche for over 13 years in different functions and departments in emerging and established markets. I have recently started a new role as a Value Stream Lead for Parenteral Launches and New Technologies in Kaiseraugst. As a leader, I am passionate about developing people and strongly believe that diversity of thoughts and an inclusive environment are key enablers for innovation.
I was born and grew up in a small town in Ukraine. Already at school, I had a dream to work for a big pharmaceutical company, developing and manufacturing innovative medicines. After finishing school, I was accepted for a newly created course of industrial pharmacy at the State University, but already from this moment, I knew as a next step I would like to gain valuable experience studying abroad. I had practiced German a lot and was very happy to be awarded a DAAD scholarship for the University of Bonn where I did a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology. I know if you believe in something, are open to go new ways and work hard, you can achieve a lot. After my PhD I got an offer from Roche in Mannheim where I spent 4.5 years working on a very exciting project. At some point, I decided to complement my scientific background with business aspects and went for an executive MBA programme from ESSEC and Mannheim Business School.