Michelle O'Connell, Area Business Director
Tell us about how you ended up in pharmaceutical sales.
I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and I have a passion for science. I actually got into medical school but I decided that it wasn’t for me. When I graduated from college, I found my way into medical device sales and not long thereafter, pharma sales. I love that my career combines two of my favorite things – learning about science and data as well as meeting and engaging with new people. Also, I thrive in fast-paced and dynamic environments.
Why did you decide to work in oncology?
For me, it is personal. My husband, father and best friend are all cancer survivors. I know what it is like when someone you love hears the devastating news that they have cancer. I’ve also seen the tremendous strength and determination that cancer patients demonstrate on a daily basis. I am proud to educate Health Care Providers on new treatment options to help their patients. At Oncopeptides we are all unified in a common goal – bringing hope through science.
What is your leadership approach?
I played basketball in college. I loved the camaraderie, dedication and passion that my teammates and I shared. As an Area Business Director, I often think back to those days and I think of myself as the Coach of the time. I’m here to support my team and I’m so pleased to work with such a talented group of professionals.
What do you like about working at Oncopeptides?
We have such a great spirit of collaboration here. More than anywhere else I’ve worked, I’ve found people are excited to share best practices and work together across functions.