Imagine pursuing an internship that could kick-started a global
career – Jennifer Dennis can. Global Product Manager of Rare Blood
Disorders and an Early Talent success story, Jennifer recounts what
her 4-month internship experience was like.
“It was my first introduction to
pharma. I hadn't really had any experience at that point. But
that's the whole point of [a] co-op – to try things that you've
never tried and to see what you like. I had a couple of
interviews…and it sounded like a really interesting job. It
sounded like something I hadn't done before, but I would enjoy.
And so off I went.”
And off she went, indeed. Originally located in Canada and working
at the Novo Nordisk Canada affiliate after graduation, Jennifer made
the nearly 7,000km jump to Zurich, Switzerland where she is now living
“This has always been something
that I wanted to do - to go live somewhere else, to experience
and work in a different culture and see what it's like – to get
that global experience.”
For many individuals, making such a bold move can be frightening
and often discouraged by others. But not for Jennifer.
“It was an easy decision to make
because it's something I knew I always wanted to do, and the
company supported it and that is also one of the reasons that
I've enjoyed working for Novo Nordisk for so long.”
Jennifer described that a decision like hers is one of the defining
qualities of working at Novo Nordisk.
“One of the things that I've always liked about the
organization, and particularly Novo Nordisk in Canada, is that
they very much encourage people to do things like that and to
take a risk.”
Switzerland might not be the last stop for Jennifer, though. With
a penchant for travel and the guts to boot, the world has become her oyster.
“Whether it's a different affiliate or whether it's in
Denmark or something like that – I think there's a lot of
different opportunities around the world and I think it will be
interesting to see what's out there.”
While international mobility is an incredible job perk, it isn’t
the only thing that inspires Jennifer to work for the organization.
“Novo hires good people who believe in putting the patient first.”
For Jennifer, that focus has been on the 1 patient in a million that
is affected by Acquired Hemophilia.
Acquired Hemophilia or AH is an extraordinarily rare bleeding
disorder that “develops in individuals with no pervious history of
bleeding disorder with approximately equal numbers of males and
females affected.” The chances of a person developing this
disease is literally 1 in a million.
Currently, Jennifer works on the strategy and marketing materials
for one of the few coagulation treatments out there for AH. Her goal
is to not only drive brand awareness with physicians but increase
awareness of the disease in general.
“These patients exist,” states Jennifer, “and they’re just
not being recognized...In a lot of cases [our products] have
been life changing and specifically in hemophilia, lifesaving.
And I think that's amazing. And I think the fact that we can be
a part of that is very inspiring.”
 Baudo, Francesco. “Acquired Hemophilia.” NORD (National
Organization for Rare Disorders), NORD, 23 Aug. 2016, rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/acquired-hemophilia/.