60 seconds with Ipek Yildir, Analyst
Q: Tell us about you
A: From a young age, I had a strong interest in world of medicine and a desire to help others. I was intrigued by the science behind medications and how they could improve people’s lives. As I grew older, I became more aware of the critical role that pharmacists play in the healthcare system. This awareness, combined with my passion for chemistry and biology, motivated me to study pharmacy. Completing different types of internships during my undergraduate studies, particularly made me appreciate the importance of pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry. This has driven me to apply for an MSc in Pharmaceutical Management. My MSc dissertation project with Lightning Health has led me to join the team as an Analyst.
When I have free time, I really enjoy cooking and baking. I like trying out dishes from different cuisines, and I also explore various restaurants in London. When it comes to staying active, I prefer walking and running. In the summer, I love sailing – it’s another favourite activity that allows me to enjoy the open waters and the warm sun!
Q: What is your role at Lightning Health?
A: In my role as an Analyst at Lightning Health, my responsibilities include contributing to various client projects where I conduct primary and secondary research, interpret data and prepare high-quality deliverables. Lightning Health has a collaborative work environment where I work alongside senior colleagues in the consultancy team, which is invaluable for my professional growth. My keen interest in the scientific aspects and my previous experiences adds depth and significance to the work.
Q: Tell us why you decided to pursue a career in pharmaceutical market access?
A: I think pharmaceutical market access has an essential role in ensuring that innovative medicines and healthcare solutions reach the patients. Market access professionals can make healthcare more accessible and affordable by navigating the complex landscape of healthcare systems, payers, and regulatory requirements. The sector also provides a unique blend of business acumen and healthcare knowledge, offering opportunities for problem-solving, strategic planning, and data analysis. It is an ever-evolving area, presenting challenges that can be intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. I believe a career in pharmaceutical market access can offer a sense of purpose, as we work to improve patients’ access to life-saving treatments.
Article published 5 December 2023.