My decision to dedicate my life to the pharmaceutical industry is due to the fact that from a very young age I was very passionate about chemistry. I could say that since high school I loved observing all kinds of chemical reactions within the labs at my school. Over time my passion for getting to know this interesting world more closely grew. Another reason that influenced my decision was the humanitarian feeling, somehow I wanted to provide society with a better quality of life. And it was at this moment that I thought that by studying my exciting career I could fulfill all my goals. Behind every drug there is a great pharmacist.
It was a difficult decision because it is a career in which you must be constantly updated. However, it was my passion.
Once I almost almost finished m y degree, I was lucky to know the BioNICA project, which came into my life in an unexpected way and left me totally surprised due to various reasons. I was fortunate to have been selected to participate in this project thanks to which I have been able to gain unique and impressive experiences and which has made me fall even more in love with my professional career. It can be said that it even somehow motivated me to continue fighting for my dreams.
This project, from its very beginning until now, has helped me develop skills that I put into practice both in my current job and in my personal life. Thanks to each of the project specialists who gave us talks, the BioNICA project made me better understand the world of the biopharmaceutical industry and it is exactly thanks to this project that I was able to start working in one of the most prestigious biopharmaceutical companies at the regional level , Latin American Institute of Biotechnology MECHNIKOV. I had the opportunity to take a trip to Russia to train in such biotechnological topics as: Sanitary registration of biological products, Purification of proteins by Chromatography, Good Manufacturing Practices and Preclinical Testing.
Being in the BioNICA project I have felt much more spirited to want to continue learning more about the world of biotechnology. I think that in order to attract more resources and motivate all the young people who have decided to study Pharmaceutical Chemistry or another career similar to Biotechnology, more universities could be involved through this project.
I have high expectations of this project and in the future I hope to continue growing professionally and mainly to become a scientist recognized worldwide. I hope I can fulfill this dream, as I am very passionate about conducting research and having the opportunity to develop new biopharmaceutical products.
To conclude this short article, I want to call the attention of all the young people who have come this far, to tell them not to give up because of any obstacle that stands in their way. Although it is even more difficult to reach your goal, you must persevere until you reach and achieve what you set out to do. If you have decided to study a career that includes biotechnology, I invite you to be part of our BioNICA family in order to make you grow as a professional and exploit all your skills that you have not yet discovered.
25 years old, from the city of León
Today, thanks to the support and trust that my colleagues in Saint Petersburg and the MECHNIKOV Institute have given me, I am able to master the process of preparing, submitting, handling and continually reviewing the registration dossier and the batch release process.
Therefore, the diverse world of pharmaceutical chemistry motivates me to continue knowing each of its fields until I become a multifaceted professional who can successfully perform in any area of the pharmaceutical industry.
The BioNICA project came into my life when I was in my final year of my undergraduate degree, and it captivated me as a project that promotes the multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology. Sharing my knowledge as a volunteer for the BioNICA project reaffirmed my professional choice.
22 years old, from the city of León
When they ask me, what defines me as a person? my answer
is always the following: it is a great commitment of mine to what I
passionate, it is never giving up and never abandoning my dreams. I decided to study pharmaceutical chemistry because I consider that we pharmacists are the guardians of health since behind any medicine you take for one disease or another there are different pharmacists who produce it and control that its quality is at the highest level so that when the
medicine reaches your hands, be a totally appropriate product. Without a doubt, we can say that we are guardians of health, we work under the shadows in laboratories giving our best to take care of the health and that of young lovers of science and human life
During the last 2 years of my university career, in addition to conducting personal research on pharmaceutical and nutriaceutical products, I managed to work as an assistant student, an intern at the UNAN-León Quality Control Laboratory.
One afternoon in October 2018, I was invited to a meeting organized by PhD Helena Kazakova to be a participant in the BioNICA project. A few days later I was interviewed to participate in this great project that would change my life with a 360 degree turn. Everything was so exciting that the only thing I remember is that at the end of the interview, PhD Helena Kazakova told me Welcome to BioNICA Andrés! and those were the words that would not only change my academic life but also my personal life. From that moment we began to train ourselves in biotechnology issues through conferences with specialists in this field.
Currently I work in the Microbiology Laboratory of the Quality Control Division, where I have been able to deepen my knowledge in the field of microbiology and learn about different microbiological processes that are carried out on the vaccine. The fact of having this knowledge makes me feel enthusiastic since none of this would be a fact today, if it were not thanks to the BioNICA project. My big dream is to become a pharmaceutical technologist in order to design new biopharmaceutical products. I know that to reach my dream I will have to do a very long journey, but I will not give up until I achieve it and it is what keeps me motivated every day to continue giving 100% of myself. BioNICA has made it possible to have an exchange of knowledge with specialists from the IICVSSP (Institute for Scientific Research of Vaccines and Serums of Saint Petersburg) on different topics in the pharmaceutical field, thanks to which we can continue to train as professionals in the biotechnology field.
To end this little interview, I want to encourage you to always give your best and strive to achieve what you want. It is to this day and I still remember those words that resonate every time I go to the Mechnikov Institute, because every day I live a dream and I want you to share that dream too. Cheer up! If you are a crazy science lover like me and you are willing to do your best, I invite you to become part of this great family
Here we wait for you in our BioNICA family!