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Ann-Marie Roche

Director, Corporate Markets Marketing, Elsevier

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About the author: An experienced and passionate global marketing leader in creating useful, usable and enjoyable customer experiences. I started my career as a researcher and after joining Elsevier, I have had the opportunity to get closer to the fascinating world of Life Sciences, which I now use to identify and further explore key issues such as data as a service, AI, data extraction and personalized medicine. My goal is to engage with my audience and support knowledge sharing and discussion.

Posts by Ann-Marie Roche

Lessons learned from the Covid vaccine development process

Posted on August 23rd, 2021 in COVID-19

As the world’s focus has turned to getting the COVID-19 vaccines out as widely and rapidly as possible, it’s easy to almost forget about the incredible global effort that developed them in record time. But it is important to take some time to reflect on the process that got us here, so that we can learn from it and celebrate the amazing researchers whose work is now saving so many lives.

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Accelerating synthetic chemistry with a predictive retrosynthesis solution

Posted on August 12th, 2021 in AI & Data

In most aspects of life, we think of “endless possibilities” as a good thing. But in science, the wealth of possibilities can be daunting. Pharmaceutical researchers typically start with a disease that they want to tackle, find a target, and then try to identify compounds which interact with that target. There may be around 200-300 drug candidates per project, and synthesis planning and execution usually takes four to eight weeks per drug candidate. This process requires many chemists and a huge, costly effort to proceed.

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Representation matters: Diversity in leadership

Posted on August 9th, 2021 in Pharma R&D

Kumsal Bayazit, Elsevier CEO (Photo by Alison Bert)

We have known for some time now that having more women in leadership positions benefits companies, including their bottom line. This 2015 McKinsey report found that “Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.” The same report also found that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to see those higher financial returns.

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Technology and empathy help make remote working a success for Elsevier

Posted on July 29th, 2021 in Pharma R&D

We at Elsevier were pleased to be one of five companies recognized for their ability to keep remote workers rooted in company culture in this recent Comparably article. Like many organizations during the pandemic, we had to quickly adapt to remote working on a large scale for our international workforce. As the article notes, “Elsevier took an empathetic and pragmatic approach in supporting its people and its customers and rapidly harnessed technology to work from home.”

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