Gwladys

"GSK gave me a great career opportunity as well as the possibility of going to bed every night and waking up every morning feeling that I’m doing something that matters and changing people’s lives.
Right now, I’m helping produce the first vaccine against malaria, Mosquirix. How good is that? It’s wonderful to be part of this project, especially as the vaccine recently received a positive opinion from the European regulators. Whatever else happens in my career, I will always be so proud to be part of this team and this historic moment."

One of the reasons I chose to apply for the Future Leaders Programme at GSK dates back to an experience I had when I was a teenager.

When I was 15, I went to Benin on holiday with my mother, who grew up there. My mother was working for a medical device company and wanted to give some extra supplies to a hospital in Cotonou. A doctor gave us a tour around the paediatric unit, where we saw a lot of very young children who were extremely sick with malaria. This was a shock for me. I was taking anti-malaria medicine myself, but had never witnessed the effects of the disease directly.

Later, having studied biotechnology at university in Bordeaux, I knew I could work for a variety of different global companies. But after seeing children dying from malaria in Benin, and realising the part that luck had played in my good health, I couldn’t imagine living my life without giving something back.

I need money and job security like everyone else but, honestly, what really makes a difference is being proud of what you’re doing. The Future Leaders Programme at GSK gave me a great career opportunity as well as the possibility of feeling that I’m doing something that matters.

GSK is using technology at a mass level to prevent people from getting sick, meaning that fewer people will have to experience polio or die of measles or mumps. I really believe GSK is taking its commitment to help people “do more, feel better and live longer” seriously.

Right now, I’m helping to produce the first ever vaccine against malaria. How good is that? I’m working as a supervisor heading up a team in purification and we’ve just finished our first consistency batches for the vaccine. It’s wonderful to be part of this project. I feel that I’m part of history – not just for GSK but for the world. Whatever else happens in my career, I will always be so proud to be part of this team and this amazing story.

Having seen children dying of malaria in Benin, I’m so proud to be working for a company that’s producing the world’s first ever anti-malaria vaccine.

Gwladys