Roche 2011: Diabetes Heroes

More Diabetes Daily Jul 28, 2011, 2:58 pm

I always seem to get a lot from the Roche Summits I’ve attended. Some would say that a hangover would be on that list, and I wouldn’t say they were wrong. I won’t lie… every time I get together with my diabetes buddies it’s a reason to celebrate! But in all seriousness I do develop a renewed sense of self and camaraderie. And I learn a lot about this community that I am so passionate about.

For one thing, it never ceases to amaze me that even though Roche is “big pharma” there are people working there who genuinely seem to care about our cause. Rob Muller and Todd Siesky always have enthusiasm for our group and it shows. I am very grateful that there are people like them on “the other side”. (And no, I’m not buttering you guys up!)

It should be noted that Roche paid for all travel expenses to and from San Diego, my hotel for Wednesday and Thursday nights, and meals, karaoke, and a photo booth. Yep, that’s right… a photo booth. Even with all of the perks, they never tried to sell me on anything… except I did see an interesting product that I’m not at liberty to discuss. And even then, it wasn’t a sell, just a slide show. So thank you, again, Roche!

We had a lot of really great talks. My favorite one was from Jean-Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation, who won the room over after a less than warm reception of another IDF representative. How amazing to have such passion and warmth from such a powerful diabetes advocate! I look forward to working more with them to achieve their mission. Because, ultimately, their mission is my mission.

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