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Driven. For Growth.

 

Life at Samsung Biologics
DRIVEN. FOR GROWTH.
 

Meet Sunyoung Choi, a senior specialist working on process efficiency projects in the Quality Center, and hear about her growth path and how working at Samsung Biologics has reshaped her perspective on it.

 

 

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How are these process efficiency projects facilitating innovation in quality?
At its core, it's basically about adding efficiency to the work that the Quality Center is doing. For example, the quality-related work that used to be done on paper is now done on a tablet, thanks to the digitalization efforts of our IT department. By communicating with different stakeholders, we are working to find areas to improve, increase work efficiency, and ultimately enhance quality.


Quality is extremely important in the manufacturing and development process, and it seems there’s a lot of responsibility involved in your role.
We always prepare for a project from the start and work meticulously because one simple mistake can cause a ripple effect and lead to quality issues at large. Responsibility is an essential factor as biomedicines we produce are directly making an impact on human life.


There must be a ‘continuous learning’ factor to your role since it’s related to improvement.

That's right. I’m working in an environment where I’m constantly exposed to learning. We help other groups within the Quality Center to become more efficient, so we need to understand what's going on from start to finish. By collaborating with IT, I'm trying to figure out how to digitize our processes and capabilities more effectively to achieve quality innovation.

 

 

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To shift to your background for a second - I heard that when you were deciding between going to graduate school and getting a job, the internship at Samsung Biologics influenced your choice.
Yes, during the summer of 2017, I was debating between going to grad school or going straight into work. Then I got the opportunity to intern at Samsung Biologics. Even though it was for only two months, I had such a memorable experience and the best thing was that I could actively express my opinions and get insights while working with experts in the bio industry. That kind of experience was unforgettable.


What was your experience joining later as a full-time employee?

After my internship, I saw how much Samsung Biologics values work-life balance and developing a positive company culture and I thought I could continue to learn and grow here.


During my third year at Samsung Biologics, I got the chance to present my project at an executive meeting. At that time, I felt a lot of pressure, but thanks to the help and advice of my colleagues, I was able to deliver a successful presentation. Looking back, I think this was a stepping stone for growth.

 

 

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It's already been 5 years since you joined the company. How do you think you will grow in the next 5 years?
I think 'growth' is a result that only comes to those who constantly make an effort. I want to be a person who always has an end goal in mind. Based on my new experiences and broadened perspective from meeting new people at work, I realized that I want to be able to help someone later down the line, similar to the mentorship I’m receiving now.

 


What efforts are you making to gain diverse perspectives and experiences?
The expression "Think outside the box." comes to mind first. As my work requires collaboration with various departments, learning and understanding new things is essential. Through continuous communication with departments, I’m learning about trends in the industry, while trying to broaden my horizons by leaning into various perspectives. 


The biopharmaceutical industry is known to be quite conservative, especially in adapting new IT technology. However, at Samsung Biologics, thanks to the Digital Transformation initiatives driven by our IT teams, we are leading several new digital innovations in the quality process, which is really exciting.

 

One question we always like to ask our fellow colleagues is what are you driven for?

I’m driven for my family because they always support me in times through the good and bad times. In 2021, Samsung Biologics was contracted to manufacture Modena's COVID-19 vaccine drug product, and my family and friends were very curious about the news. There were a lot of questions like ‘When is it coming out?’ and ‘Can I get it in Korea?’ This was the moment when I realized the greater impact of what I do at Samsung Biologics. I was proud that I was able to help my family and the other important people in my life.

 

 

Samsung Biologics celebrates the unique qualities, perspectives, and experiences that define us as individuals. Whether you're a hard-worker, smart thinker, dreamer or doer, we share one goal at Samsung Biologics: we are all driven for life. In this spotlight series, learn more about our diverse colleagues and the life-changing work they do. 



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Life at Samsung Biologics
DRIVEN. FOR GROWTH.
 

Meet Sunyoung Choi, a senior specialist working on process efficiency projects in the Quality Center, and hear about her growth path and how working at Samsung Biologics has reshaped her perspective on it.

 

 

Samsung_Biologics_Keyword_Interview_Thumbnail??????.jpg

  

How are these process efficiency projects facilitating innovation in quality?
At its core, it's basically about adding efficiency to the work that the Quality Center is doing. For example, the quality-related work that used to be done on paper is now done on a tablet, thanks to the digitalization efforts of our IT department. By communicating with different stakeholders, we are working to find areas to improve, increase work efficiency, and ultimately enhance quality.


Quality is extremely important in the manufacturing and development process, and it seems there’s a lot of responsibility involved in your role.
We always prepare for a project from the start and work meticulously because one simple mistake can cause a ripple effect and lead to quality issues at large. Responsibility is an essential factor as biomedicines we produce are directly making an impact on human life.


There must be a ‘continuous learning’ factor to your role since it’s related to improvement.

That's right. I’m working in an environment where I’m constantly exposed to learning. We help other groups within the Quality Center to become more efficient, so we need to understand what's going on from start to finish. By collaborating with IT, I'm trying to figure out how to digitize our processes and capabilities more effectively to achieve quality innovation.

 

 

Samsung_Biologics_Keyword_Interview_Keyword_2.jpg

 

To shift to your background for a second - I heard that when you were deciding between going to graduate school and getting a job, the internship at Samsung Biologics influenced your choice.
Yes, during the summer of 2017, I was debating between going to grad school or going straight into work. Then I got the opportunity to intern at Samsung Biologics. Even though it was for only two months, I had such a memorable experience and the best thing was that I could actively express my opinions and get insights while working with experts in the bio industry. That kind of experience was unforgettable.


What was your experience joining later as a full-time employee?

After my internship, I saw how much Samsung Biologics values work-life balance and developing a positive company culture and I thought I could continue to learn and grow here.


During my third year at Samsung Biologics, I got the chance to present my project at an executive meeting. At that time, I felt a lot of pressure, but thanks to the help and advice of my colleagues, I was able to deliver a successful presentation. Looking back, I think this was a stepping stone for growth.

 

 

Samsung_Biologics_Keyword_Interview_Keyword_1_re.jpg
 

 

It's already been 5 years since you joined the company. How do you think you will grow in the next 5 years?
I think 'growth' is a result that only comes to those who constantly make an effort. I want to be a person who always has an end goal in mind. Based on my new experiences and broadened perspective from meeting new people at work, I realized that I want to be able to help someone later down the line, similar to the mentorship I’m receiving now.

 


What efforts are you making to gain diverse perspectives and experiences?
The expression "Think outside the box." comes to mind first. As my work requires collaboration with various departments, learning and understanding new things is essential. Through continuous communication with departments, I’m learning about trends in the industry, while trying to broaden my horizons by leaning into various perspectives. 


The biopharmaceutical industry is known to be quite conservative, especially in adapting new IT technology. However, at Samsung Biologics, thanks to the Digital Transformation initiatives driven by our IT teams, we are leading several new digital innovations in the quality process, which is really exciting.

 

One question we always like to ask our fellow colleagues is what are you driven for?

I’m driven for my family because they always support me in times through the good and bad times. In 2021, Samsung Biologics was contracted to manufacture Modena's COVID-19 vaccine drug product, and my family and friends were very curious about the news. There were a lot of questions like ‘When is it coming out?’ and ‘Can I get it in Korea?’ This was the moment when I realized the greater impact of what I do at Samsung Biologics. I was proud that I was able to help my family and the other important people in my life.

 

 

Samsung Biologics celebrates the unique qualities, perspectives, and experiences that define us as individuals. Whether you're a hard-worker, smart thinker, dreamer or doer, we share one goal at Samsung Biologics: we are all driven for life. In this spotlight series, learn more about our diverse colleagues and the life-changing work they do. 



Related Contents


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