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Team profile: Magha Ranjan

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Megha Ranjan has just joined us as a management consultant. She has an interesting background, both from dentistry and medical affairs at big pharma Bayer India. Now based in Stockholm, Megha brings 6+ years of experience in the biopharma industry ranging from forecasting to competitive intelligence and M&A due diligence projects. Before joining MSC in April, she worked with a medtech supporting launch of a new technology in the infusions market. Welcome Megha!

Can you tell us about your background?

Hi, my name is Megha. I have a diverse and unusual background in life sciences – not the common route of planning on being a consultant from age three. Instead, my career has been shaped by my appreciation of the idea that “anything is possible if you have got the nerve.”

I am Indian, and it is in India I finished my bachelor’s in dental surgery. At that time, I was motivated and determined to use my newly learned skills and knowledge of medicine in the community. I therefore steered my education towards the public health sector and completed my master’s in healthcare management. My professional career began when working with some of the key large scale public health programs in India addressing women and child healthcare, AIDS and tuberculosis.

During this time, I became fascinated by the pharmaceutical industry and later switched to the other side of the table by joining the Women’s healthcare medical affairs team at Bayer India. I gained a range of experience working with medico-marketing, medical information, observational studies and publications management. I also had the opportunity to learn the art of strategy and product branding. During my time at Bayer, I became more and more interested in the strategic planning and strategy execution behind launching new drugs to patients. Especially, in the combination of the macros such as strategy and the micros such as analytics, clinical trial preparations and regulatory preparations that really is the foundation of a drug launch. This brought me to life sciences consulting world.

I have been a consultant for more than four years now, and it has provided me with the opportunities to work in different geographies, with big, mid- and small-sized biotech companies. I have learnt the art of valuations of life sciences ventures and the due diligence processes which goes into valuations, go-to-market strategies and portfolio evaluations. I appreciate that my experiences have helped me grow and explore the different aspects of the life sciences industry as a whole and opportunities to use my acquired knowledge in a range of industry verticals.

“I have been most proud of not restricting myself to a particular domain. I have been able to grow, excel and navigate through the challenges in the different roles I have had.”

Why did you choose to join MSC?

Having previously worked predominantly in the US and EU5 markets, I found it appealing that MSC is involved in the Nordic Life Sciences industry. Also, that they work on a wide range and variety of strategic projects for early-stage assets/drugs in different therapy areas.

It was also important to me that MSC reflected the values and culture I had been looking for when continuing my professional journey.

What do you look forward to most in joining MSC?

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with my colleagues and at the same time learn from them and their experiences which will enable us all to grow together as professionals. I also look forward to the fun we will have along this exciting journey and working with the multi-cultural team which will help me grow personally too.

What are you most proud of in your professional life thus far?

In my professional life, I have been most proud of not restricting myself to a particular domain. I have been able to grow, excel and navigate through the challenges in the different roles I have had.  Keeping up with this tradition, I am determined to continue to excel and grow in my current role too.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy reading preferably history, historical fiction, cooking, swimming, painting, movies (diligently follow Marvel Universe and Star Wars) and video games.

Megha Ranjan, management consultant
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Team profile: Tatiane Abreu Dall’Agnol

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Tatiane Abreu Dall’Agnol started at MSC in autumn of 2021 as an associate. She has an already impressive background of nine years as a psychiatrist before changing path to a more business-oriented role within the healthcare space. Tatiane brings a deep understanding of medicine coupled with studies in business and strategy making her a great asset for MSC as well as our clients.

Can you tell us about your background?

I have a quite diverse background, which I believe reflect parts of my personality and curiosity as well as a willingness to do something meaningful with life. I am from Brazil, and it was there I started my career by studying medicine with a specialization in psychiatry. Mental health and the understanding of human behavior is fascinating to me, and I am very interested in how society is shaped by it.

I worked as a physician for nine years in Brazil and I became more and more interested in management, protocols implementations and medication expenses during this time. I noticed that good strategic planning behind the healthcare sector could make an impact on peoples’ quality of life. It was this “macro” approach that interested me and took me down a different path. I started studying economics then finance and investments, and a few years later started the master’s program ‘Business creation and entrepreneurship in biomedicine’ at the University of Gothenburg. During my master’s degree, I gained experience as an intellectual property consultant for life sciences businesses, as well as in business development and competitive intelligence of a pharmaceutical company. Ultimately, I found the perfect environment to combine the medical and business fields efficiently at MSC.

“I am proud of not being afraid of change, starting over, adjusting. Even though I had a great career as a psychiatrist, the fact that I could “switch” to the business strategy side of life science provided me with so many rich experiences, and I am very grateful for that. .”

Why did you choose to join MSC?

During my master’s program at the University of Gothenburg, I had the chance to attend a lecture about positioning of life science companies given by the MSC team. At the time, they also presented the company, type of projects done and how their consultancy services could benefit biotechnology and pharma companies. I felt it was the type of environment where I could connect my medical knowledge with the entrepreneurial and strategic planning side that I had been gaining experience in over the last few years. Now, after only a couple of months at the company I know it was the best choice and, the practical work is even better than I presumed.

What do you look forward to most in joining MSC?

I find it very motivating to support our clients in their business decisions and see the result of our work making an impact on the company and potentially on patients’ lives. So, I am looking forward to seeing even more targets achieved: business deals supported by our valuations, partnerships through our connection, indication analyses becoming clinical trials, just to mention a few. It is a very exciting process because we make the client’s goal our own; and every achievement becomes a stimulating turning point.

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

A great Brazilian philosopher called Mario Sergio Cortella used to say that a good way of understanding if your work has a deeper purpose for you is to differentiate stress and tiredness: An intense effort will naturally make you feel tired, but stress is the result of an effort you do not want to make. I have allowed myself to eventually feel tired, it is part of hard work. But stress is something I have not experienced.

By following this idea, I am proud of not being afraid of change, starting over, adjusting. Even though I had a great career as a psychiatrist, the fact that I could “switch” to the business strategy side of life science provided me with so many rich experiences, and I am very grateful for that. With the transitions I had to adapt to a new environment, new routine, new climate, new people… And it has brought me the opportunity to learn more and more, not just about the life science market, but also about life.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to spend time with friends, cooking and drinking good wine. I’ve been trying to improve my running pace, and the half-marathon Göteborgsvarvet was a great first experience. But I also enjoy long walks in the woods. Traveling around and getting to know different cultures and flavors are also a passion of mine.

Tatiane Abreu Dall’Agnol, Associate
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