- What can you say about Ukraine’s involvement in clinical trials?
GCT founded its Ukrainian office in January 2007. Since then, Ukraine’s clinical trials industry has evolved significantly; especially its regulatory and logistics aspects. With each year, the Ukrainian regulations are becoming more harmonized with the EMEA region. It makes conducting clinical trials here simpler and more predictable for sponsors.
In the meantime, GCT team in Ukraine has been conducting trials in numerous therapeutic areas – oncology, hematology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, and others. While gaining this experience, we have become well-familiar with the country’s specific regulations and have built professional relationships with the local clinical sites.
- How long have you been with GCT?
I joined GCT in April 2008 after I had graduated from the National Medical University named after O.O. Bohomolets in Kyiv. My medical background is in anesthesiology and reanimation. My current position at GCT is Project Manager.
- Was the job what you expected it would be? Did anything surprise you?
I believe no one knows the world of clinical trials very well except the people who have worked in it. You start your career in clinical trials, and eventually you understand that your actual tasks will almost always exceed those in the job description. It is of a great value for me to never stop learning and to keep upgrading my skills.
- What have changed at the company since you joined?
GCT became a global company establishing the offices from North America to India through Europe. What is most important, besides the size, it is building our own good practice. As GCT is continuously enriching its trials’ experience, improving teamwork procedures, perfecting the SOPs, you feel accomplished working here.
- What is important for you in GCT?
For me personally, GCT is a big family of professional people who love to work in clinical trials reaching new milestones together as a team. You can always get support and advice from your colleagues. I also appreciate that every process, every activity we do in GCT is always transparent and clear, allowing for equal opportunities for all employees.
- Can you describe an event that was particularly memorable during your career at GCT?
Considering the pandemic “outside” and looking on how our lifestyles and work became all virtual, I think that the in-person meetings are the highlights of my career at GCT. Especially, the Investigator Meetings where you can speak face to face with all the attendees, attend a round table, engage in curios scientific discussions and simply spend some good moments together with other people.
- What was the moment when you knew you’d made the right decision to work here?
Since I started to work in clinical trials I have never doubted my decision.
- What do you think the mission of GCT is?
The mission of the GCT as a global CRO is to be a part of the extremely important process of new drug development. When you see that people close to you are able to get good quality safe medication for an affordable price because of the quality work you do, it motivates you a lot.
- Describe GCT in 3 words
GCT: Great Collaborative Team
- How do you see GCT in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see GCT as a strong competitive global CRO with a wide range of services keeping its good values and principles of work.