So, one of the hardest things for a lot of people to deal with when they start working in the biotech and pharma industry is the constant upheaval. Companies always seem like they are in a state of flux – expanding, contracting, merging, collapsing. After a while, it makes for a pretty thick hide.
During my ~15 years in the industry, I’ve been exposed a constant stream of changes – some good, many not-so-good. I had gone through the lay-off (“down-sizing” “right-sizing” ”re-structuring”) process five times. Each time I’d been retained and moved forward, trying to be successful in a diminished environment. Sometimes, you just choose to move on to another company when it stops working.
Well. Yesterday was Number Six – and I’m looking at the envelope that contains the details of my severance package. It’s not at all a surprise – anyone with experience saw this lay-off coming a mile away. And when a company such as mine has to circle the wagons to protect its clinical assets – Research always bears the brunt of the cuts. If I was in charge, I would have laid-off my whole group too. These are the way things are in this business. I’m not unhappy – it is the right call and the severance was generous to say the least.
And so, it’s on to the next thing – whatever that might be. I will miss the chance to see the projects I’ve worked on advance further in the clinic (or not) and maybe even make it to market someday. I will miss the folks that I work with, especially my minions. It will be strange not to be able to strike fear in their hearts with a glare.
For now – at least for a while – I think there will be healthy doses of piano, and hiking, and reading, — maybe I’ll do a little volunteer work (at our library?) – oh and maybe some blogging… :)