Employee Story: Alina Mitrofanenko

Which office are you located at?

My office is located in St. Petersburg, Russia

How long have you worked here? Can you talk more about your role?

I’ve been working at GCT for 12 years already. And for me this is like a long-lasting relationship that never gets boring:) I’ve joined GCT as a Manager Translator, soon after my graduation without knowing a single thing about ‘clinical trials’. Now I cannot imagine my professional life without these 2 words. To date I’m managing international clinical trial projects in different therapeutic areas for 6 years already. I was promoted recently to a new position of Director, Clinical Operations Russia and I’m looking forward to new opportunities this role brings to either of parties.

Was the job what you expected it would be? Did anything surprise you?

As I’ve never worked in Clinical trials prior to joining GCT, there were a lot of new things to learn, to understand and to cooperate with. Now I can say that it is hard to surprise me in the world of clinical trials.

What has changed at the company since you joined?

A lot to be honest… The company expanded…to new destinations…new employees…new services…new challenging projects on the edge of our abilities. GCT keeps its improvement as a Global CRO to meet the everchanging demands of the Sponsors and Regulators

What is important for you at GCT?    

There are a lot of things that can be brought here, but I would say the most important are GCT people working either miles away from each other or side by side, but still together, to achieve the common goal. They are professionals. They are team players. They are friends. They are family.

Can you describe an event that was particularly memorable during your career at GCT?

Actually, I have a lot of them. One of the most memorable ones was my first Investigator Meeting in St.Petersburg, organized for one of our regular Clients (US Pharma). That day I learned that GCT team can do the Investigator Meetings as well as they can do the Clinical trials 😊

What was the moment when you knew you’d made the right decision to join GCT?

In 2010 my first project after the promotion to CTA was an international multicenter CNS project led by GCT with a huge Pharma. I eagerly searched for new knowledge and wanted to be on top of every detail, studying GCP, Protocol and numerous guidelines and manuals. But in fact, the real knowledge I gained was from my study team members I’ve interacted daily for different aspects of the trial. We were a large international team of PM, CRAs, and study sites and we shared experience, thoughts, and opinions to achieve a common goal of a successful study completion.  And at that very moment I was so happy to start my career in clinical trials learning from those people in GCT, who knew exactly how to do the study well.

What do you think the mission of GCT is?

The mission of GCT I think, is obvious – to help its clients to provide medical society and patients with advanced, safe, and effective therapies.

Describe GCT in 3 words:

Hard to choose only 3 words but I will try… The 1st is Team – for the team of professionals working together towards our common success. The 2nd is Dedication – for the dedication of GCT’s people to the work they do; and the last but not least, Quality – for the quality of data GCT bring to its clients.

How do you see GCT in 10 years?

Looking back to where it all began and to where we stand right now … it’s hard to believe that 20 years ago it was a group of people who rented a small office and started to do clinical trials… first, in Russia, and then – in the US and Europe. The Company became global and independent, expanding its services, knowledge, fields of interest, reflecting the most recent realities of our life. In the next 10 years GCT should keep the pace and develop new directions. I’m sure that in 10 years, despite these changing requirements to medical society, GCT will be a big, experienced, and confident market player.

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