Climb­ing the lad­der with con­tin­u­ous learn­ing

BHAVANI SIVALINGAM Head of R&D Solutions, APAC, IQVIA, Sin­ga­pore

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Bio Content -

Bhavani Sivalingam has more than two decades’ ex­pe­ri­ence in clin­i­cal re­search, in­clud­ing 20 years with IQVIA (then Quintiles), where she has held roles of increasing re­spon­si­bil­ity across the re­gion.

Today, Bhavani is a pi­o­neer mem­ber of the IQVIA Asia Pa­cific team and has played a key role in the com­pany’s growth in the re­gion. Since 1993,

IQVIA (then Quintiles) has ex­panded its clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions from a few hun­dred em­ploy­ees in Asia Pa­cific to be­come the re­gion’s largest provider of R&D Solutions and mar­ket ac­cess ser­vices, with 14,000 em­ploy­ees op­er­at­ing from more than 30 lo­ca­tions across Asia Pa­cific.

In her cur­rent role, Bhavani leads the R&D func­tion for IQVIA in Asia – which in­cludes clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions, clin­i­cal Global Func­tional Re­sourc­ing (GFR), cus­tomer al­liances and qual­ity man­age­ment – all fo­cused on ef­fi­cient, high-qual­ity de­liv­ery of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment ser­vices for IQVIA clients in Asia Pa­cific.

Nearly, 20 years ago Bhavani had joined IQVIA as a Project Man­ager. Speak­ing about her early days with IQVIA, Bhavani, says, “My job now as IQVIA’s head of R&D Solutions in Asia Pa­cific is much dif­fer­ent than when I was a project man­ager 20 years ago. At that time Quintiles (now IQVIA) had just opened its first of­fice in Sin­ga­pore. I had stud­ied science and I wanted to work with peo­ple. My first job com­bined both – per­fect! My ex­pec­ta­tions today re­ally haven’t changed – but the scale is much larger. I’ve al­ways en­joyed or­ches­trat­ing work to ac­com­plish a goal. I did that start­ing out as a project man­ager, then work­ing with our key cus­tomers, and now as head of IQVIA R&D Solutions in Asia. I’m ex­cited about prospects for change – now more than ever be­cause of ad­vances in science, medicine and tech­nol­ogy.”

Bhavani has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in car­di­ol­ogy, on­col­ogy and in­fec­tious dis­eases, and vac­cine stud­ies. Prior to her cur­rent role, Bhavani was head of IQVIA’s strate­gic al­liances for Asia Pa­cific.

She adds that her ca­reer path has been guided more by her in­ter­ests than a master plan. “I didn’t ac­tively plan how I was go­ing to climb the ca­reer lad­der but in­stead fo­cused on fol­low­ing my passion and con­tin­u­ously learn­ing from each ex­pe­ri­ence. One thread that runs through my ca­reer and our com­pany is con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, es­pe­cially in qual­ity. It’s helped dif­fer­en­ti­ate our com­pany and drive our growth in Asia and glob­ally. Vac­cines de­vel­op­ment is an­other in­ter­sec­tion be­tween my passion and my work. I started out work­ing on vac­cines tri­als. I’ve seen Asia Pa­cific be­come a lead­ing re­gion for vac­cine de­vel­op­ment. The value of th­ese vac­cines is enor­mous in terms of re­duc­ing suf­fer­ing, con­trol­ling out­breaks and erad­i­cat­ing vir­u­lent strains.”

Speak­ing on gen­der par­ity in the in­dus­try, Bhavani said gen­der par­ity be­gins with ed­u­ca­tion and giv­ing girls equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math. “Pro­fes­sional con­fi­dence is not gen­der­based; it’s all about au­then­tic­ity and de­vel­op­ing the qual­i­ties that res­onate with who you are. Gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies can do their part of en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing women who want to pur­sue a ca­reer in the life sciences. We’ve come a long way but there’s much more to be done.”

BHAVANI SIVALINGAM Head of R&D Solutions, APAC, IQVIA, Sin­ga­pore

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.