When Schering-Plough announced its merger with Organon back in 2007, I was lucky to have a fabulous boss who immediately focused our entire organization on Change Management. Managers were trained well in advance of the official merger date, to handle the stress and anxiety of our direct reports (and personnel in general) as we approached a massive integration project for two large companies. It made a huge difference- those managers who had completed extensive Change Management training were able to better stabilize their teams to focus on a productive future.
If I were 22, I would try to let myself off the hook and really enjoy the ride. I would tell myself, “You will be successful on your own career path. All setbacks are not game-enders. AND- Your biggest joys in your professional life will not be directly related to your title or salary.”
1) You Will be Successful on YOUR own Career Path. Young, driven professionals worry about “doing the absolute right thing”. It is one of the reasons they are successful, but can also paralyze them when making decisions. If I could go back to my young, 22 year old self, I would say- calm down. You will be successful. Every career decision is adding to your tool kit that will ultimately drive your success, but there is no absolute right or wrong path to get there. I remember agonizing over where to accept a residency position, where to accept my first faculty position, whether to enter the corporate sector, whether to start my own business. Each time I made a decision, I knew a little more, grew a little more flexible, and grew a little more confident. I wish that young professionals who are driven to success could take a moment to breathe, search their minds and hearts for the best answer for THEM, and not worry about a right or wrong path. The truth is, the path you choose is YOUR path, and that is always the right one for you.
With Mother’s Day just passing, I was thinking about how being a professional impacts my daughters. Believe me- I have never been Gloria Steinem. But because of women like Steinem, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ellen Kullman, and others, I don’t have to be. I have had the luxury of working hard, being recognized for productivity and successes, and being promoted to key leadership positions throughout my career.
Understanding the needs of biorepositories takes years of direct hands-on experience. Understanding how to run a translational research program that builds on the platforms of both prospective and high quality retrospective analysis is an art form. Truly refreshing an external storage model has been challenging, but needed in this industry.
<h1>Why Human Biospecimen Research and Storage is Not a Commodity Service Offering</h1>
Maintaining high quality human biospecimens with appropriate analyte integrity is more difficult than we had once believed. As biospecimen research expands and advances, we are learning how specimens must be procured, handled, and stored in much greater detail than in past decades, leading us to understand which specimen collections are still useful and which specimens are no longer viable for analysis.
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