Vanessa Taieb

Statistician, UCB

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If you like science, work hard, don’t be afraid and go for it!

What do you do?

I do statistics used in the price and reimbursement processes for new drugs

Why did you choose this field?

I loved maths from very young and I wanted my job to have a purpose, to serve others. My mum is a pharmacist so I was aware of the importance of effective drugs in the lives of people. Working on health economics serve this purpose as thank to this science the best interventions are made available to patients at a fair price.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

At 27, I was hired as the head of the evidence synthesis department in a company, while I was back to work after my son was born.
I would not have imagined that it was possible to change job when being a mum of a 6-month old baby. I did not think that someone would be willing to give me the responsibility of a team of 10 people while I was only 27 and a carrying for a young child.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love when I read news about drugs I was working on some years ago and see that patients can finally be treated with them.
I also love being able to work remotely and seeing projects moving forward.

Best advice for next generation?

There are no scientific questions which could be answered by a man and not be answered by a woman.
If you like science, work hard, don’t be afraid and go for it!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for

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