Roche Diabetes Care reaches Pharma Awards Europe final

By Editor
24th August 2020
Medical devices

A company best known for its range of innovative blood glucose monitoring products, insulin delivery and finger prickers has been selected as a finalist at this year’s Pharma Awards Europe.

Roche Diabetes Care has been shortlisted for the ‘Most Promising Agile Transformation’ category, which recognises a more innovative and entrepreneurial culture, through the embedding of Agile and iterative processes across major parts of the company.

The Pharma Awards, held by Reuters Events, are deemed to be the biggest industry and patient value showcase in the world and saw 450 entries this year.

The awards programme reward innovative and meaningful approaches in the pharma industry with a focus on value for patients and customers.

Agile was launched in Roche Diabetes Care at a regional level. Following the success of this, and owing to the appetite across the whole organisation around Agile as a philosophy, it was recognised that there was a need to really bring Agile to life in the UK and Ireland.

Through the implementation of Agile coaches and projects set out specifically to ‘make Agile visible to the organisation and get people excited about it’, Roche has worked hard to achieve this.

‘Knowledge and understanding’

Nebel Crowhurst, People & Culture Director at Roche Diabetes Care, said: “We understand that everyone across the organisation, no matter what level they operate at, needs a level of knowledge and understanding of Agile for it to be truly embedded into the culture of the organisation.

“For this reason we have worked hard to help people appreciate how working in a different way enables them to deliver more. We believe this will encourage them to think differently and will empower a creative mindset within the organisation.”

The finalists of this Agile category were selected by an expert industry judging panel and also include Sanofi, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Ecopharm. Roche, along with these rest of these finalists, will now pitch for the title of ‘Most Promising Agile Transformation’ at the virtual awards ceremony held over two days in October.

Michael Goetzl, Managing Director of Roche Diabetes Care UK and Ireland said of the announcement: “I am incredibly proud of all the hard work carried out by the teams at Roche Diabetes Care to adapt to Agile ways of working to provide better solutions for people with diabetes. I am delighted that their hard work has been recognized and that we have been listed as a finalist in the Pharma Awards Europe.”

Nebel Crowhurst added: “We now see value in Agile principles being used not only in project work but also in our day-to-day business – this is what has enabled us to begin to weave Agile into the fabric of our culture.”

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