Hi, my name is Dr. Denise Deck, I’m 48 years old, married and I’ve been working in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years now. Looking back, it’s unbelievable how quickly the time has flown and how fun and interesting it’s been. It all began with my passion for biology. Today, I am a Medical Science Liaison Manager (MSL) at Bayer. Find out what I love about my job in my blog post.
Even at school, I devoured absolutely everything to do with pharmaceuticals, biochemistry and research. Just recently, I visited my former high school and it felt strange to be back in the old biology room, although I was much more relaxed than I had been back in the day.
With the ink still fresh on my diploma and having bagged a place on a sought-after biology course, I packed my things into my small blue car, drove off and began my studies far from home. After graduating in biology with a major in biochemistry, I made the obvious choice for me, undertaking a PhD in immunobiology and starting my career in the pharmaceutical industry. During that time, I had the chance to explore different areas – from the licensing and training departments, sales and product management, all the way to medicine. It was exciting and positively rewarding to work in the different departments, gain extensive experience and get to know nice, interesting people. I still find gaining an in-depth insight into many, and for me constantly new, indication areas really fun and it helps you consistently broaden your medical horizons.
After I had already gained experience working in two other companies, the time came in 2010 for me to join Bayer. Being born and bred in the Rhineland (Düsseldorf, NOT Cologne), I knew the imposing Bayer cross in Leverkusen from my early childhood. All the same, even though I was a bit of an “old hand”, I still felt a bit uneasy about starting out in such a big company. But I very quickly found my feet, the induction was great and my colleagues were very friendly and helpful.
My job as a Medical Science Liaison Manager
For the past few years, I have been an MSL. I’m in cardiology/hemostaseology at the moment. As a manager in my own field, I work from home and I’m sort of an external branch of the specialist medical department. The duties of an MSL include interpreting, sharing and discussing medical science research at a high scientific level, in addition to planning and supervising national and regional advanced training formats, congresses and symposiums. What I particularly like about my job is the variety – no two days are the same and the work is challenging and diverse. Flexibility, a great deal of dedication and self-motivation are important for what I do. You should enjoy communicating, giving presentations and working as a team across functions. Driving around and managing our time effectively are our bread and butter, so to speak. You shouldn’t have anything against waiting in traffic or searching for a parking spot. Whenever I’m stuck in traffic, a big bag full of gummy bears helps me stay calm and in a good mood.
My two “couch wolves” Bismarck and Nelly have a knack for making me smile, too. As “parents” to two dogs, my husband (who also works full-time) and I are grateful to my mother for helping out a lot while we’re at work. In my spare time, I really enjoy gardening. Nelly eagerly lends a hand, digging back out the bulbs I’ve just planted and proudly presenting them to me as if to say: “I found it!”. As a punishment, she has to wear the neckerchiefs I sew her ;-). Our main hobby is traveling and we set off whenever we have the chance. We’ve set ourselves the aim of exploring 100 countries in our lifetime. We’re currently at 68, so there’s still a fair bit left to discover. We write down all our adventures for friends and family in exciting, funny travel anecdotes and we’ve already got a thick book full of them.
I very much enjoy working at Bayer. Thanks to both the interesting job and my co-workers, the working atmosphere and environment are great.
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