Career steps at Teva Baltics

We want to support all our employees in reaching their potential. Their learning and development starts right from the beginning with their induction with us. We offer different opportunities for our employees to further their careers within Teva - this might be in the Baltic countries, in Europe, or beyond.
In this section we will share our employee success stories within Teva Baltics.

Agita Birnbauma (Consumer Health Business Unit Manager Teva Baltics)

Agita Birnbauma (Consumer Health Business Unit Manager Teva Baltics)

CAREER STEPS

 

……………………………Consumer Health Business Unit Manager Teva Baltics (since 2012)

 

………………….Platform Marketing Director, Mepha Baltic Ltd (2010-2011)

 

………….Platform Product Manager, Mepha Baltic Ltd (2006-2010)

 

….Medical Representative, Mepha Baltic Ltd (2003-2006)

 

 

What does it mean for you to work at Teva?

 

Dynamic & international environment with fantastic colleagues and a great team around me - that’s the first and most important thing Teva stands for in my opinion. Nevertheless it is the accountability and honour of being part of a globally successful organisation with such a diverse nature that makes the difference in healthcare and I’m proud to be a part of it.

 


How come you have chosen a career in the pharmaceutical industry?

 

My medical doctor studies in my alma mater at Riga J. Stradina University was one of most significant choices in my life and obviously led me towards my career in pharma. I started in a very important part of our business – a sales representative role contacting healthcare professionals was essential to understand business basics and helped my further career steps in marketing and business management.

 


How would you describe what you are doing to someone who has not got the slightest idea about it?

 

My 5 year old daughter Anna tells friends in her playground that her mother cares about people and helps them to find the best medicine to recover and get well again! I think that’s very straight and to the point and it is the Teva mission that we care about patients and deliver the best medication and options for choice, with education about illnesses and life style improvement.

 


What are the most important things that you learned after starting to work for Teva?

 

The first rule is to learn that the learning process is constant as Teva is open to new projects and ideas, plus the environment around is changing rapidly so we need to learn faster than others! During my career development it was essential to obtain an MBA as it helped with insight into marketing and business administration. Besides this I have been very lucky with charismatic and very knowledgeable supervisors and the best learning is done with the guidance and help of experienced management.

 


Do you have your own “dream project” or idea?

 

OTC marketing is the very best area to come up with individual ideas but we need to be consistent and follow the rules even for most creative ideas! A few of my initiated projects such as web initiatives and trade marketing projects are ongoing and I very much believe that our team will keep You pleasantly surprised in the future!

 


Do you have a motto which you follow in your life?

 

Keeping a good balance is crucial to success in any area! From one of my favourite sports, basketball, I have learned that individual input, the right strategy, synchronised tactics and luck leads any team to be a winner! Stay tuned in and be positive!

Piotr Chmielevski (R&D Manager)

Piotr Chmielevski (R&D Manager)

PIOTR CHMIELEVSKI IN THE WORLD OF SICOR BIOTECH’S MICROSCOPIC DISCOVERIES

 

To become a bioengineer – could this be the new dream for boys who used to daydream about spaceships and airplanes? Piotr Chmielevski, Sicor Biotech’s R&D Manager believes it to be exactly so. Today he claims to be developing “recipes for preservation”, yet his daily work makes him feel like he is discovering new worlds.

 

 

How come you have chosen a career in bioengineering?

 

Not every little boy dreams he will become a pilot or an astronaut when he grows up. But I am one of the lucky ones who had their childhood dreams come true, at least to an extent. Because in my daily work I research new things that are not always predictable. On top of this, my profession calls for some sort of balance between concentration and the ability to actively interact with the team – wouldn’t you say the same thing goes for airplane pilots or F1 teams as well? I cannot say that our workgroup is a fusion of those with a predominant individualist strain. Yet at the same time I wish to accentuate that Sicor Biotech attaches high value to self-expression and creativity in its business.

 

You work for a company that already has some world-class inventions under its belt. How did you end up at Sicor Biotech?

 

I finished the Fundamental Sciences Faculty at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, majoring in bioengineering. So far, this speciality does not enjoy significant demand on the employment market in our country. Sicor Biotech is a company that is innovative in the way it thinks and acts, one that is perfectly capable of cashing in on its success to make further steps – I am talking here about business development and scientific discoveries, which are the main driving force behind what we are doing. I enjoy working for a company that sets such ambitious goals for itself, and achieves them. On the other hand, some of our inventions and products help people overcome serious diseases, or just improve the quality of their life substantially. And this is probably why I have been working at this company for nigh on fifteen years, since 1999.

 

How would you describe what you are doing to someone who has not got the slightest idea about it?

 

One of my co-workers has been very precise in her definition, saying that we develop recipes for preservation. Imagine an apple, or even some other, unbeknown fruit. It is fresh from the branch, and will not stay that way until next summer. It has to be made into sauce or jam. That leads to this question: How much sugar and water do we have to add? How long do we need to keep it boiling for? How do we see what proportions of components to use and how their essence will make the preservative last? These are the exact questions that we must answer – us, people who develop new compositions of pharmaceutical products. Of course, in our case it is not an apple but the protein that cures diseases.

 

How do you come up with new ideas in your work? When do they strike you?

 

As a rule, good ideas pop up after you try looking at a situation from a new perspective. Often it requires contrasting two things that seem to be completely different. Besides, I find good organisation of work very important. I think this is the key factor that makes one immune to ambient disturbances. Do you have a motto that you follow in your life? “Knowledge is power, power is knowledge”.

Domantas Zinkevičius (Senior researcher - biotechnologist)

Domantas Zinkevičius (Senior researcher - biotechnologist)

A BIOTECHNOLOGIST WHO “GREW” WITH FILGRASTIM

 

Domantas Zinkevičius belongs to the generation of Sicor Biotech’s staff that grew in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. After graduating with an MA in bioengineering, the promising specialist was invited to take an analyst’s position at the Quality Control at Sicor Biotech, after that he progressed to be the head of the department, and later on became senior researcher - biotechnologist. When Zinkevičius was just starting his career ten years ago, intensive changes were taking place, involving preparations to adjust manufacturing to the requirements that had been imposed on companies that make pharmaceuticals in the European Union space.

 

 

Right now, you are senior researcher biotechnologist at Sicor Biotech’s Research and Development Department. What made you go for a different line of business in the company?

 

When I was working at the quality control lab, I had to produce results for the biological, biochemical, physiochemical, and microbial analysis of raw materials used in manufacturing, the manufacturing process itself, and protein-based pharmaceutical preparations to guarantee the quality of the pharmaceutical preparation and make sure it is safe. However, I was attracted by science, I wanted to be where processes were being developed. In the search of my luck, I did not have to look far, as the company had its own R&D department. Now I am engaged in designing and developing analytical methods to be used for the future analysis of new products, and looking for stable pharmaceutical formulas.

 

Which of Sicor Biotech’s projects did you personally find to be the most exciting and important?

 

Speaking about personal professional advancement, I would say it was the filgrastim project. I had a chance to become involved in this project back in my university days, when the active pharmaceutical ingredient of this drug, the protein filgrastim, was chosen to be the subject of my final master’s thesis. Later, after I had started working at the company, filgrastim would follow me to the present day, from analysing the quality of manufactured batches of this preparation, to working on the detailed characterisation of its molecular structure at the R&D Department, to drafting documents for the registration file of the drug, when filgrastim, a biogeneric preparation developed by the company, was successfully listed in the EU drug registry in 2008. The implementation of the project posed many challenges and demanded an enormous amount of effort from absolutely everyone at the company, but on the other hand, it has been priceless experience.

 

Do you have your own “dream project” or idea?

 

For now, all of my professional future plans relate to my current position of senior researcher - biotechnologist at Sicor Biotech’s Research and Development Department. I have to be frank, my “dream project” does exist, only it has to do with my personal life. Therefore, I tend to stick to the principle of keeping my dreams to myself, lest they fall through.

 

What are the most important things that you learned after starting to work for Sicor Biotech?

 

Here is a brief run-through: it is professional field experience, knowledge and the ability to turn all of this into results. I believe that interpersonal things are equally important, and this company offers a superb environment to learn how to be tolerant, respectful, and understanding.

 

Which of your colleagues have provided you with most knowledge and experience?

 

It would be difficult to point out just one particular co-worker. I have been learning from everyone I have had a chance to interact and work with. The most important thing is to notice good, positive things that are worth memorising, and such things are there when you interact with anyone.

 

Which scientific discovery do you think has affected human life the most?

 

That is a difficult question, one that requires some pondering. What could be the reason why we are able to live a more comfortable, safer, healthier, and at the same time longer and happier life today than, say, people who lived a hundred years ago? Here is what I think: obviously, the invention would have to do with medicine – say, it is the invention of penicillin. The discovery of an antibacterial agent really was a breakthrough in medical science. However, new diseases evolve all the time, and therefore we must look for new treatments to nip them in the bud.
Another thing is that medicine, just like any other field of science, would not have progressed so rapidly to reach today’s levels without the computer. The genesis of computerisation lies in the discovery of the microchip, and this is why I would think it is probably the greatest human achievement of the last century. Finally, let us not forget the Internet which has provided the human race with a great many electronic opportunities to do science, business, live their everyday lives, pursue pastime activities and even indulge in virtual reality.