Starter for 10: Edwin Van Stein


Facing the quickfire questions is Edwin, EU Committee member since 2013.

What attracted you to your current position? Being part of a biotech company that has the ambition to become a full-blown pharma company and help build up the systems, processes and knowledge needed for that.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? ‍Programming in SAS. I find it very satisfying to write a clean and efficient program for something I could have done manually as well. The first time around it’s probably more efficient to do the task manually, but the second, third and umpteenth time I’m very happy that I can just re-use my neat little program.

And the least enjoyable? Inefficient meetings. I’m sure every company has them, but I hate being in meetings that have no agenda, have no moderation, have an unclear purpose and sometimes, frankly, lack a reason for me being there. Luckily, this doesn’t happen often.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Peanut butter! Hands down the best sandwich topping ever and for a Dutchman, a good sandwich is a proper meal of course.

What, to you, is the most irritating industry buzzword or phrase? ‍“Real world”. For me, this somehow implies clinical studies are not conducted in the real world (tell that to a patient in an oncology trial). Or maybe it’s just the association with MTV’s The Real World that irritates me.

If you weren’t doing this job, then what would you be doing? From the moment when I received my first Commodore 64 at the age of six or seven, I was destined to end up behind a computer all day. So probably something in software development.

If you could give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Sitting behind that computer all day instead of studying is going to pay off someday!

Can you describe yourself in three words? Funny, loyal, geek.

What is the one thing you can’t live without? My smartphone. It’s amazing how indispensable smartphones have become in such a short time (got my first one 10 years ago).

What is your musical guilty pleasure? I have a very broad musical taste, so this is a very difficult question. But if I had to pick one, then it would be classic rock from the 70s, like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. I’ve been spotted wearing Pink Floyd t-shirts at PHUSE events.

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