Novartis BioCamp 2018: An Enthralling Experience

Novartis hosted its 10th India edition of BioCamp, its Biotechnology Leadership Camp, from September 23rd-26th at its offices Novartis Knowledge City, HITEC City Hyderabad. A total of 50 participants were selected through various rounds of selection processes. The selected participants were then invited to spend four days of intense learning through lectures, case studies, and leadership interactions about the pharmaceutical industry. The theme for this year’s BioCamp was “Future of Medicine”. The participants came from different backgrounds such as medical, pharmaceutical, pharmacology, research, and management education.

This was an amazing experience for me. When I arrived at the hotel where we were being accommodated by Novartis, I was welcomed with a bag and some great books and goodies. The organizing team from Novartis had everything covered in terms of facilities and necessities for the participants during the event.

The event saw many of the leadership team from the country as well as the world come down to Hyderabad to interact with bright-eyed students from reputed institutions of the country. The first evening was an ice breaker session, with the participants being welcomed by Dr Ashwini Mathur, Head Data Sciences, Novartis Ireland. It was an evening of interaction and light-hearted games for the participants and the hosts.

The main event kick-started the next day. The welcome address by Mr Milan Paleja, Country President, Novartis in India, had the attention of everyone present. It was followed by a speech by Dr Julius Vaz, Global Program Head, Global Health DU, GDD, Novartis India. The entire three day event featured talks from various leaders and entrepreneurs like Dr. Mahesh Iyer, Co-Founder, Sineflex Solutions LLP, Mr. Mayur Bhargava, Business Head, IHD, Neurosciences & Established Medicines, Novartis India, and Mr. Chetan Mallik, Head Communications NBS, Novartis India.

One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity to meet so many exciting fellow students from across the country. These were students who were pursuing various courses across different domains like pharmacology, medicine, and management. The peer learning from them and the opportunity to know about different things from their perspective opened up a new way of thinking and understanding. I also got a chance to make new friends, who I hope to stay in touch with for life!

I thank Novartis for hosting such an event which was such enriching and fruitful in experience.