As Regulatory Affairs Manager for Australia, Joy Pallis, prides herself on helping bring to market innovative medicines that make a remarkable impact on peoples’ lives.
Earlier this year, Joy celebrated 35 years at AbbVie and reflects on her achievements and the varied nature of her career across a range of roles in pathology, manufacturing and regulatory affairs. Joy shares her gratitude for the life experiences and support she’s had at AbbVie as well as the value of working alongside wonderful people.
“You don’t join a company at 21 and say, ‘I’m going be here for my whole working career’. It doesn’t happen that way. One year just rolled into the next and I have no regrets, no regrets at all. I enjoy what I do and that’s paramount.
In fact, I always say: ‘You should suit the company and the company should suit you’.
For me, this company has always suited me, even when it was part of Abbott. AbbVie is good to its employees and their families as well. It’s a company that has always respected me as an employee and given me opportunities to learn and grow.
I started working at Abbott in April 1988. I saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a microbiologist based at the manufacturing plant at Kurnell, in Sydney’s south-east, so I called up, got an interview and landed the job.
I started in the Sterile department of the manufacturing plant which made sterile medicines. It was an important position, ensuring the sterility and therefore safety of the medicines during the manufacturing process. I also spent time in Quality Assurance where I was involved in testing medicines and carrying out environmental monitoring at the plant, as well as process validation later down the track.
I had always had an interest in regulatory affairs, so I jumped at the opportunity to assist in that team. Having the broad manufacturing and scientific background and experience working on the lines meant I had a unique understanding of the business and could see things differently; I could understand process and apply meaning to the practical application of the documents I was reading, in a way that others couldn’t.