1. What is your position at Bioton?
I am a Technology Leader.
2. What do you do at Bioton?
I am responsible for the company’s manufacturing technologies – recombinant human insulin and its analogues. I am in charge of technology transfers conducted within the company. I am also the leader of the Lab Scale Manufacturing Support team at MSAT (Manufacturing Science and Technology).
3. What was your path to your current position?
My journey began 18 years ago. I was employed in Bioton as an operator immediately after graduating from biotechnology studies at Warsaw University of Technology. This position allowed me to learn about DSP processes – Downsteam Process (purification and final API packaging) – and production equipment throughout the entire cycle – preparation, processing, washing and maintenance. Then, I became a Junior Technologist who was already looking more deeply into the methods of producing and purifying recombinant proteins. As a Shift Manager, I was responsible for ensuring that batch after batch, the process went repetitively, according to documentation and the highest quality standards. A period of shift work gave me experience in running processes day and night. I learned how my work affects the work of my colleagues, as well as how we depend on each other and share responsibility. The way we can support each other to make sure that the work is rewarding and performed at the highest level.
The next steps in my career path were the positions of Chemistry Department Manager, where I directed all production shifts in the DSP section, and Production Manager, where I learned processes such as USP – Upstream Process (cell growth and protein biosynthesis), as well as cells and inclusion bodies isolation. I was also responsible for the Biotechnology Department during all audits and inspections. It is a very valuable experience and great satisfaction when auditors check your daily work and acknowledged it with a GMP certificate.
After returning to the company, I have been working as a Technology Leader. I have the opportunity to implement new processes, which I am very excited about.
4. What aspect of your work are you most proud of?
I am proud of the solutions that my team and I have developed to address various challenges, and there have been quite a few over these 18 years. Together we can move mountains.
5. What inspires you to work?
I love working in a team of energetic enthusiasts, and there are many great passionate people in our company. This is my motivation.
6. What advice would you give to people who are just starting their career path?
Every challenge, even those which at first glance seem impossible, can be managed when you work as a team. No one has a monopoly on knowledge. There are many ways to reach your destination, and it is worth asking for directions. Sometimes, it is necessary to face challenges to achieve a better perspective. Solving problems together gives great professional satisfaction, and celebrating successes with co-workers is the most rewarding.