Thomas Calzascia Senior Investigator I Autoimmunity, Transplantation & Inflammation Basel, Switzerland
Describe your job and how it fits into the overall big picture of serving the patient. I am involved in the early phase of the drug discovery process. My job is to identify and evaluate new therapeutic approaches for unmet inflammatory diseases and for cancer immunotherapy.
My responsibilities involve leading drug discovery projects aimed at identifying and optimizing suitable drug candidates for selected targets as well as driving research activities to better understand the relevance and biology of the targeted pathway. These activities are performed in the context of cross-functional teams involving colleagues with multiple different backgrounds and expertise.
What made you want to work at NIBR? I wanted to be able to contribute to the development of new therapeutic approaches and help improve the lives of patients. The culture and the scientific excellence at NIBR are key elements to achieve these goals.
What makes you proud to be a part of the NIBR team? Seeing the progress of drug discovery and helping to create cures for patients affected by diseases.
Please describe a ‘typical’ day in your job. I spend most of my day managing my drug discovery projects and contributing to other drug discovery programs at different stages of development. This includes interpreting and integrating data generated by multiple team members and interacting with colleagues across different functions to define next steps.
How would you describe the culture at NIBR? A culture of scientific excellence and collaboration.
What is your favorite part about working for NIBR/Novartis? The daily interactions with colleagues from different backgrounds who are all driven by the same goal of developing new drugs able to help patients in need.
What would you want to tell a candidate you meet about NIBR? It is a great place to work and I am really enjoying being part of it.