Kimrin Pannu recently joined Mtech Access as an Analyst working in market access. In this interview, she tells us about what inspired her to pursue a career in market access, along with her experiences and activities in her first few weeks with us.
What led you to pursue a career in market access?
Within my degree study in Biomedical Science, I found the development of new medication and the physiological changes of the body that occur in patients suffering from diseases of particular interest. This led me to specialise in physiology and pharmacology in the second year of my undergraduate degree.
From there I moved on to study a research-intensive MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Manchester. I was involved in determining the circadian rhythmicity and light responsiveness of 15 hypothalamic regions in the brains of mice. Although the laboratory experience gained was valuable, it was this experience that highlighted my preference for literature review and writing over laboratory work itself. This led me into a career in market access.
Working in market access allows me to work across a range of projects in a breadth of therapy areas. This allows me to consistently learn about the latest medical research, which is both engaging and exciting. Market access allows me to be involved in bringing life-changing treatments to patients; it is a fast-paced, challenging, and incredibly rewarding industry!
What motivated you to join Mtech Access?
Shortly after beginning my career in market access, I was contacted by Chris Costello, the Talent Acquisition Manager for Mtech Access. Once I had researched the company, I found only positive reviews; the appraises for the company’s “great work-life balance” specifically sparked my interest.
In addition to this, Mtech Access have a range of office locations, including Manchester where I am currently based, and Newcastle, my hometown, which allows me the option to relocate if I wish to do so.
Not only this, but Mtech Access also have a range of specialist teams, e.g. systematic review, health economics and global; with experts in their field yet the role I was offered allows for me to work across the business on a range of projects. I specifically found the NHS Insight & Interaction team intriguing as it is not something every consultancy offers. It was definitely something I wanted to be involved in!
What have you got involved with in your first few weeks with Mtech Access?
I was lucky enough in my first week to attend a market access team meeting and an all-company meeting. It was the perfect opportunity to meet the whole team in person and get a feel for the company. It was a great way to start my journey with Mtech Access!
So far, I have completed multiple internal and external training modules including British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association (BHBIA) training, allowing me to become BHBIA accredited. I have also helped out on a few proposal slide decks, one of which I was able to work with a colleague who is also based in the Manchester office. Working in an office environment together made it easy for me to ask questions and work well in a team to successfully create the deliverable in a timely manner.
I have been able to assist the NHS Insight & Interaction team on the development of Stakeholder Maps in several disease areas including neurology and rare diseases. In addition, I have assisted the team in finding relevant Associates in NHS Scotland. I was able to personally reach out to the healthcare professionals directly, which was a great way to take ownership of the task.
What has surprised you about our approach?
Since joining Mtech Access, I have learned a lot about the company. Although there are several departments, I was pleasantly surprised at the vast amount of opportunity there is to work with the different specialists and contribute to different projects. Already within my first couple of months I have worked on both global and local projects!
One key aspect that I like about Mtech Access’ approach is the fact everyone can hear about any upcoming projects and their development during our weekly meetings. This allows us to celebrate any wins and learn from colleagues even when we are not directly involved in a project.
Another great thing about Mtech Access that I really appreciate is that everyone, from the junior staff like myself to the most experienced, are all involved in communicating to our clients and Associates. This allows every member to feel a sense of ownership over their projects and feel equally as important and appreciated in their teams.
When you are not at work, what do you like to do?
Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym to stay fit and healthy. I find it is a great outlet and a way to de-stress. I also enjoy going on long walks (when the weather lets me; this can be difficult in rainy Manchester).
I try my best to be adventurous by trying out new recipes on a weekend and I love settling down in the night-time with a good book. I enjoy meeting with my friends, trying new things, visiting new places and travelling, all more so after the multiple lockdowns we have had.