A blog post by Laura Luchini: Continuing our momentum in Zurich

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This quote from American businessman Henry Ford has long inspired me.

Laura Luchini, Associate vice President, EMEA Regional Head, Global Clinical Trial Operations

For the past 25 years, I’ve taken my career in many directions – all in a quest to enhance my experiences, broaden my skillsets and deepen my connections. Today, I’m proud to be in a role that means a lot to me: I am coordinating the set-up of MSD’s new global innovation and development hub in Zurich. The new Hub is yet another example of MSD’s steadfast, unparalleled commitment to science, and supports our mission of saving and improving lives. I’m enormously honored to be part of it.

What excites me most about Zurich Hub is the opportunity to build something that hasn’t been there before. The Zurich Hub is unique in that it’s focused on accelerating the development and marketing of MSD’s life-saving medicines and vaccines, thereby representing the entire value chain from a product concept to patient access.

As you may know, plans for the Zurich Hub were announced back in January, with a target of 2021 for operational readiness. Thanks to a very dedicated team, much of the groundwork has been laid, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still on track. I look forward to continuing the momentum established thus far and bringing my experiences and perspectives to the set-up of the Hub. A key focus of mine will be on collaboration. I believe we can only be successful by truly collaborating, building the right mindset and ensuring our people truly understand the impact of their contributions on our common goal. This will enable us to accelerate our innovative work even further dissolving the traditional boundaries between development and marketing.

And, that brings me to my final thought: our people. I’ve always believed that our company’s most important asset is our people. Our ambition for the Zurich Hub is big and can only be accomplished by a brilliant team of people who bring to the table a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. I truly believe this diversity will make us strong! More than 100 people have been onboarded so far, and we look forward to welcoming future team members who are also driven by our company’s mission to save and improve people`s lives.

I’m confident the Zurich Hub will contribute to MSD’s future success and to the lives of people all over the world who rely on our products. I look forward to seeing what the future holds!


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