MEET THE SQUAD: A Personal Glimpse into Our Team

This month we are happy to introduce you to another amazing member of our squad, Ashwini Chidirala. Ash shares a bit about herself and her love of travel.

I am a Sr. Analyst at Nuvera, and excited to celebrate my 2-year anniversary in February. In my time here I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects; the most exciting of which have been in the cell and gene space. My undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and my masters in Innovation and Management provide a solid background that allows me to both understand the science and the business to best address the needs of patients.

What’s your go-to productivity trick? Working from home through the pandemic can make it hard to stay productive. My trick for this is to take productive reading breaks. I keep a novel on my desk and whenever I need a moment to rest my brain or eyes from project work, I read 1-3 pages.

If you could add one thing to Nuvera’s office, what would it be? We already have a wonderful office, but I think it would be even better with a ping-pong table! One of my greatest joys through college was being able to pick up brief games throughout the day with friends. Served as a productive break from studying as it got me moving.   

What’s a trip that changed you, and why? Last year I took my first solo trip. I spent twelve days in Japan travelling through the country on a loosely planned itinerary. Apart from being blown away by the kindness of strangers I was most moved by the city of Hiroshima. I took a tour around the city and got to see how it has been rebuilt with the conscious effort to remember its scars. I don’t have words to describe how it felt, but I can say with certainty that after having walked the streets of Hiroshima I am no longer the same person. I think I just have a greater appreciation for the present. 

Hiroshima

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list? Paro Taktsang or commonly known as Tiger’s Nest is the number one location on my travel list. It is a beautiful Buddhist Temple built into the cliffside in the upper Paro Valley in Bhutan. It is actually my current screen saver. I’m hoping to go once it’s safe to travel again!

What’s your go-to karaoke song? Diamonds by Rihanna. Some of my fondest memories are deeply rooted in this song and its Rihanna’s, so what’s not to love?

MEET THE SQUAD: A Personal Glimpse into Our Team

As we continue share more about the people that shape Nuvera and work we do, we are pleased to introduce you to Edward Gajewski. Ed has been a member of our squad for a little over 3 years and has continued to share his wealth of Pharma knowledge and experience with our team and clients.

What’s your go-to productivity trick? Develop the Work Plan. There is the saying … “Plan your work and work your plan.” Whether by myself, and more likely working with a team, I’ve found that productivity increases immensely when a detailed work plan is established with clearly assigned responsibilities, timelines, and expected deliverables. Sounds simple but I’ve often found teams jump in without a clear work plan.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of? In a previous role, I took over managing a large Patient Services program. I started by conducting customer satisfaction research and assess the intricacies of program operations. I found satisfaction levels were low, turn-around times slow, and operations were inefficient. We restructured the program – moving from 2 vendors to 1. When conducting the RFP for consolidation, the vendor we chose actually reduced their pricing vs. what they were currently charging because it was more efficient for them to operate independently. Turn-around times improved dramatically, customer satisfaction increased and our organization saved $500k a month. HCPs were happier, patients were happier, and we saved $6M annually which could be invested elsewhere (plus my team won an internal award for the initiative!).

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day? A twist … Exercise the First Thing in the Morning. I’ve found that when the day starts with at least an hour of exercise it doesn’t matter how busy day becomes. The workout pumps in energy for the day and I don’t have to worry about fitting in exercise if the day goes long. Then, a glass of red wine tastes that much better.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? Teleporting! I can be impatient and I’m not a fan of sitting in the car or taking long flights. This could save an immense amount of time and significantly improve productivity.

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list? South America. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to 5 other continents with only South America and Antarctica remaining. It would be great to see some of the South American cultures. The plan is to take a summer vacation with the family and visit Peru and Machu Pichu, and then head to Argentina or Chile to sight see and snowboard/ski (remember, it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere in July).