Jean-Luc Débieux and his multiple responsibilities

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« I am responsible for ensuring the transfer and validation of analytical methodologies according to procedures and regulations, as well as updating them. »


Jean-Luc has been “On a mission” in Fribourg on a project requiring a solid work experience yet offering a lot of diversity in a friendly environment. Here’s more about how he landed there, what he actually does, the client and his relationship to agap2.

Could you please introduce yourself and your job in a few words?
I have a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Fribourg and have since worked in various chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and biopharmaceutical companies. I have over 10 years of experience in quality control and analytical development, specifically in research and development.

Could you please introduce the client you are working for in a few words?
I am working for a biopharmaceutical company inspired by patients and driven by science, based in Belgium that also has an entity in Switzerland and in other countries. We work on different products against allergies, such as hay fever, as well as other products offering value to people suffering from severe diseases in neurology and immunology. It is a well-known company in the pharmacology field.

Is this your first assignment for agap2?
Yes, it is. Initially, it was supposed to last for six months, but then it got extended twice.

Could you please introduce the project you are currently working on?
I am working on life cycle management. I’m responsible for ensuring the transfer and validation of analytical methodologies according to procedures and regulations, as well as updating them. The requirements change daily, and we must ensure that we keep up with them. Depending on the country where we sell the medication, we need to make sure that we update the procedures accordingly. We also perform a risk assessment and update the methodology if needed. At the same time, I’m also responsible for supporting the laboratory by investigating any issues related to methods or equipment troubleshooting. If there are any issues, I must find the core of the problem and resolve it.

What excites you about this project?
I’m excited about the diversity and the challenges it brings, I find it beneficial for the company and the project management. I have been seeing the project evolve since I started, which is a nice thing to be a part of. There have been different projects that have been completed and others that have started. I am working in two different areas: the transfer validation and the laboratory troubleshooting. It requires a very high level of organisation and stress management skills, the ability of being in two different departments as well as support and analytical expertise, and operational skills. Seeing the change is indeed an interesting experience.

What makes you the right person to do this project?
I have the necessary background and expertise in terms of education, acquired expertise, and professionalism, which allows me to successfully manage the project and meet the client’s needs. Another important aspect is that I am flexible and adaptable, I can change direction if needed and adapt to any changes that occur during the project. These are important qualities for this type of job.

How long have you been working on this project and how long will the mission last in total?
I started working on this project in 2021, and it was initially supposed to last for six months, but it has been extended for an additional year and now the project will end in 2023. Typical projects at agap2 take more than a year or a year and a half to complete so I guess it is a long project compared to the usual ones.

What is the working atmosphere like within the company? Is there a perceived difference between the client’s employees and Agap2 consultants?
The work environment is positive, and there’s a good relationship between the internal and external teams. There are some differences related to internal policies, but overall, it’s harmonious. There are no differences at the human level, and I feel like I am part of the team.

How does Agap2 contribute to your daily life at work?
I have regular meetings and project follow-ups with my business manager who allows for independence but is there when needed, making it pleasant to have someone to rely on. I sometimes participate in evening events with the team, and I would gladly participate more if the location were closer to my work.