I use clinical and economic evidence to demonstrate the value of medicines and increase patient access to new medicines.
and team management: Build and lead
a team of health economists and upskill the team to be top Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) experts.
strategy and execution: Set strategic
directions of the business, execute the business plans to expand the business
and client-base in health economics and market access.
Resource management: Manage and
allocate resources according to the business priorities; ensure the organic
growth of the business in terms of workload, finance, recruitment, etc.
There are several aspects to the work I do; these involve working with different groups of people on different projects.
setting and execution: As part of the senior leadership team and head of the department, I set the strategy of the department, and align the strategy with the objectives of the company. I develop tactics and action plans, and lead the team to execute the strategy. Team management and project oversight: Line manage team members and provide strategic directions to, and quality control of, the projects they work on. Develop and upskill existing team, and expand the team by recruiting new people. Business development: Develop business as the key thought leader in health economics. Connect with other organisations and experts in the area. Collaborate on the health economics and market access projects. Resource management: Manage resource, team workload, staff turn-over, revenue and profit to make sure that the resource is appropriately allocated according to the priorities, and hence ensure an organic growth of the company. Training and education: Organise and conduct internal and external economic trainings to the team, other health economists, and non-health economists; publish research findings to provide education to a broader audience.
I work mostly as part of team.
I initially studied for a BA in Linguistics and Economics before going on to do an MSc in Health Economics at the Central South University in China. I then completed a four-year PhD programme in Health Economics and Health Sciences in the University of York. My research area: incentives and performance of
With my background as a health economist, I found that I enjoy working in the highly innovative pharmaceutical industry with the exciting opportunities and challenges it provides. I like to see my contribution to people’s health with good value products. I like the interactions with all kinds of stakeholders and multidisciplinary teams.
After completing my PhD, I worked for a year as a post-doctoral fellow in the university and then one-and-a-half years in the Office of Health Economics as a consultant. I then worked in pharmaceutical industry for
over 6 years. Now I work in consultancy working with the pharmaceutical
Ideally, a PhD
in health economics, but more practically maybe a Master degree in health economics
from University of York, University of Sheffield, or London School of
The social life is excellent – many of my colleagues have become good friends. We socialise outside work quite a lot.
Building up a great team.
In HEOR the career perspective is encouraging as there is a high demand and short supply of health economists.
Knowledge and experience with health economic modelling and economic analyses, evidence-based medicine, medical statistics.
Be a great
team-worker, which means transparency, trust, respect, and be the true-self. You
cannot be your best if you have to hide your thoughts or live to others’ ideas.
At the same time, you can learn and improve how to get your ideas across
without being rude and inconsiderate.
My first experience of the pharmaceutical industry was as a 12-week summer placement at Pfizer in their early formulation department.