Life Sciences Mean Business
Stacy Ezra BS’11
INSIDE SALES ACCOUNT SPECIALIST, ROCHE APPLIED SCIENCE
“I owe every part of my career at Roche — from introduction to the company to introduction to the recruiter to a successful interview process, which led me to accepting an offer in sales at Roche Applied Science — to the CBLS program.”
Stacy Ezra always wanted to be involved in the medical field, a future she saw as pursuing a medical degree to work as a family practitioner. When she realized becoming a doctor would take at least 10 more years of education, this biology major began to consider other options.
“I was not willing to wait that long to start my life,” Ezra says. “I started telling people I wanted to use my biology degree in a business context, not knowing exactly what that meant.”
Her future began to take a clear direction when she got involved with the Center for the Business of Life Sciences (CBLS) at Kelley. As a student associate in the Business of Life Sciences Certificate Program, Ezra continued to study biology while learning about the business side of life science and health care industries.
“People always expected me to either go to med school or do research,” Ezra says. “The Business of Life Sciences program has shown me that there are plenty of other options in the life science industry!”
Not only does CBLS teach real-world skills, students work in interdisciplinary teams with real-world companies — you don’t need to be a business major to participate.
“Through the CBLS program, I met representatives from dozens of companies and began to develop an understanding of the life science industry through lectures from industry experts, networking opportunities, conferences, and real-life interdisciplinary projects … which helped me learn how to market myself and my education in the industry,” Ezra says.
One of the companies that participated during Ezra’s time with CBLS was Roche Diagnostics. The company sponsored a course during her first semester and a student reception in February 2011, where Ezra spoke about her CBLS experience.
“As I got to know the company and its representatives, I became enamored with Roche,” Ezra says. By the time of the February reception, CBLS Associate Director Kelli Conder had forwarded Ezra’s resume to Roche and Director George Telthorst introduced her in person. Ezra leveraged the opportunity and Roche ultimately hired her to be an inside sales account specialist, selling equipment to life science researchers, due in no small part to recommendations from CBLS.
“I owe every part of my career at Roche — from introduction to the company to introduction to the recruiter to a successful interview process, which led me to accepting an offer in sales at Roche Applied Science — to the CBLS program,” Ezra says. A program that will help her continue to pursue her long-term goal of working in project/product management, what she calls “the functional intersection of business and science.”