Learning overseas to transfer the knowledge home
Anjali Patel was thrilled to be offered a full-time job with pharmaceutical leader iNova as soon as she graduated from her Master of Good Manufacturing Practice at UTS.
Originally from Gujarat in India, Anjali Patel’s pathway to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) came via a pharmacy route. She graduated from her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2015, her Master of Pharmacy – Quality Assurance (QA) in 2017; and from there, having discovered an overriding passion for QA, she did some research, got intrigued by the Master of GMP at UTS and took a short hop, skip and jump to Sydney, Australia to get started.
The two years of the course flew by but she certainly wasn’t at a loss at the end of it. “I got offered a great full-time job, even before I had graduated!” she says happily. “It was such a thrill.”
Now, a month into her new role and Anjali says she is really content. “I’m working as a Quality Administrator at iNova, which is a pharmaceutical giant in the Asia-Pacific region. Our company develops, markets and sells a range of pharmaceutical products and medicines to over 20 countries,” she says.
Her role at iNova involves leading the review and reconciliation of PQRs (Product Quality Report) for over 100 products. “PQR covers all the significant quality activities practiced in a GMP regulated industry,” she explains.
“It is a really varied and vibrant role and I have been involved in a TGA audit (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and had the opportunity to directly answer confidential questions asked by the TGA auditor,” she says.
If I hadn’t done the course, I would never have had the opportunity to work with iNova. I’ll always be indebted to UTS for that.
Quality Administrator at iNova
UTS Master of Good Manufacturing Practice alumna
She has also conducted QA training sessions and undertaken detailed statistical analysis using MINITAB software for interpreting shelf-life plot, process capability, control charts and spotting trends.
Anjali first came into contact with iNova through her research project in August 2018 and immediately following that was offered a part-time Quality Assistant position. This then eventually led to the offer of a full-time role as soon as she graduated.
“I was so happy to know that I would have a job straight after finishing my studies, and such an interesting one too. I have a lot more responsibility and it feels wonderful to be able to apply my expertise so quickly.”
Originally inspired towards this work by long conversations she used to have with her pharmacist sister back in India, Anjali says she has ambitions to learn as much as she can about the rules and regulations in different countries, so she can one day return to India to use her knowledge to make a positive difference.
“This is the main reason I joined this course. I wanted to get a clear picture of best-practice international GMPs in the U.S., Europe and Australia,” she continues.
Anjali says her favourite part of the GMP course were the workshops and discussion groups during lectures. She says it really helped her get ‘job ready’ for the situations she would face in the workplace. “Those workshops really helped me prepare for what to do when I encounter a quality issue at work.”
She also found the quality of the teaching and facilities very impressive and would highly recommend the course. “It has not only helped me to build my career, but has given me more confidence about the pharma world and how it works in different countries,” she says.
“In addition, if I hadn’t done the course, I would never have had the opportunity to work with iNova. I’ll always be indebted to UTS for that.”
Interested? Find out more about studying Good Manufacturing Practice at the Graduate School of Health.