Starter for 10: Liz Roberts

Facing the quick fire questions is Liz Roberts; Senior Director, Strategic Data Opportunities Policy Lead at UCB and PHUSE Working Group Lead for Data Transparency.

1 – What attracted you to your current position? My role in data transparency involves navigating legal frameworks and regulatory requirements to deliver value to our many stakeholders including people living with severe diseases, as well as researchers and the public. I’m honoured to have a central position, looking beyond regulation to collaborate with our stakeholders, identifying how to deliver increased value for them – enabling transparency and maximising clinical utility while being mindful of trial participant privacy.

2 – What is the most enjoyable part of your job? I really enjoy the external-facing and collaborative aspects of my role. I love the challenge of identifying how best to share information so that it brings most value to those with whom we’re sharing.

3 – If you weren’t doing this job, then what would you be doing? It’s a toss-up between running a small hotel in Luang Prabang, setting up my own home design company, serving in veteran affairs, or opening an animal refuge (you could say that I have varied interests!).

4 – What made you want to be a part of PHUSE? An easy question! The people! I love the collaboration not only across pharma companies but also with subject-matter experts from other areas including academia, CROs and vendors. Together, we make a formidable team to tackle important issues!

5 ­– If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, what three items would you take? And now a tough question…My sunglasses, some way of playing music, and a satellite phone so I can phone in Amazon orders for everything else I realise that I need there!

6 – What, to you, is the most irritating industry buzzword or phrase? Patients as you’re only a patient when you’re in the doctor’s office. You’re always a person and we need to remember that we’re working in healthcare to help real people.

7 – Who is your role model, and why? Can I have two? It’s probably a combination of “the notorious R.B.G.” and my second puppy: Ruth Bader Ginsburg for obvious reasons (super smart and determined to make a meaningful difference in the world) and Max, my rescue dog, who is as dumb as a bag of rocks but greets each day with such unbelievable joy and enthusiasm you can’t doubt that it’s going to be another great day.

8 – Can you describe yourself in three words? Caring, analytical and (I’ve been told) funny.

9 – What was the last thing you watched on TV, or book you read, and why did you choose it? I finally worked out how to access NBC without my old cable provider, so I’m currently enjoying binging on the latest series of The Blacklist. Why? Because my favourite programmes are crime-based and James Spader is a magnificent actor.

10 – If you could give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Not to listen to my 18-year-old self! Be braver, more confident and follow your dreams.

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