What do you do at SCIEX?
"I work in the global technical marketing team and am responsible for creating scientific content for the forensic market at SCIEX. In my current role, I develop and promote mass spectrometry-based workflows in criminalistics and forensic toxicology pertaining to controlled substances and trace evidence analysis to address market needs. My position at SCIEX is focused on creating technical content to support promotion of SCIEX instruments in the forensic market. Holding this position is a great opportunity to showcase the innovative portfolio of instruments and how they can be used to answer some of the most challenging forensic workflows."
How would you describe what you do at SCIEX to your family and friends?
"I typically tell them that I work in the “biotech industry” and that I am responsible for creating scientific content for a capital equipment company that sells a widely used analytical technology across many industries. Their initial reaction is one of perplexity or intrigue but I usually follow up by explaining that our technology is used across a variety of industries such as pharma, food, environmental, cannabis, life sciences, clinical science, forensic toxicology, etc. to detect low levels of molecules and contaminants that are critical to people’s health and safety. What is so exciting about having these conversations is that I can draw from a myriad of examples on how our technology is used to solve problems that they can directly relate to. Having these conversations with my family and friends makes me realize how powerful this technology has become over the years and how it’s enabled scientists to better understand the world we live in."
What are some of the biggest advancements in the forensic field?
"The forensic market, and more specifically the field of forensic toxicology is constantly evolving, with novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and other synthetic drugs dramatically shifting the landscape of the drug market. Forensic toxicology laboratories need to adapt to these constantly evolving challenges and develop robust workflows that enable identification of these new substances flooding the drug market. Those laboratories also need to implement new methodologies to detect and identify metabolites and biomarkers for confirmation of the presence of drugs that are undetectable using current techniques. Working with our collaborators, SCIEX is constantly innovating and developing new products and software solutions that enable the development and implementation of new methodologies that enable accurate identification and quantification of these new substances with a high level of sensitivity and specificity. This is a very exciting part of my role, to work with other researchers in this field to advance the LC-MS solutions to keep pace with the always evolving forensic field."
What does a typical day look like?
"I generally split my days between the lab and my desk. I spend a lot of time in our tech marketing lab working on the development of new forensic workflows and assays using SCIEX instruments. When I’m not in the lab, I am usually busy processing the data and creating the scientific content (technical notes, presentations, podcasts, blogs, technology articles, etc.) to support campaigns aimed at highlighting the use of SCIEX technology and software solutions for the forensic market. I work hand in hand with the regional and global marketing team members to provide the necessary technical materials to showcase the performance of our systems to researchers in the forensic field. I am also responsible for fostering and managing collaborations with forensic researchers to develop novel workflows based on emerging trends and global market needs. "
What are some of the hobbies or activities you enjoy when you are away from the office?
"Having grown up in the French Alps, I have always been an outdoors enthusiast, whether it is camping, hiking, mountain biking or skiing during the winter. I am lucky enough to now live in California where I have access to beautiful national parks, recreational areas and an incredible coastline to explore and I try to take advantage of that whenever I can. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures. Traveling pushes you outside your comfort zone, helps you break barriers that are holding you back and brings so much awareness to different lifestyles. I always come back from my travels with new inspiration, perspectives and awareness, which is so valuable for life in general."