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HBA Lyon Places and Faces

While Lyon is best known for its culture of gastronomy and fine wines, it is also one of France’s hotspots for the pharmaceutical and MedTech industry. HBA Lyon was recently revived by a bunch of determined women. Learn more about these women in their bios below:

Sophie Moron, Chapter President
Who am I?
Starting life as an engineer in heating technology, I found my way into IT, SAP-specific opportunities, and international project management. I have now spent over 20 years at Sigma-Aldrich, Merck Life - Science group, including 9wonderful years in Munich, Germany.

Why did I join the HBA?
Having moved back to Lyon in France for 14 years, joining the HBA came as evidence because, like me, it embraces the international dimension of the healthcare industry and seeks to improve equality at work.


 

Ashel Van Oost, VP
Who am I?
Bolstered by her experience in various industries ranging from X-ray medical equipment to infra-red in spatial and military equipment, Ashel joined BD to improve people’s health across the world.

Why did I join the HBA?
Once, I heard that girls were not good at math, but I’m a girl and math is easy for me. So I wondered “am I strange?” Later, I was taught there were lots of things I couldn’t do because I was a girl, so I wondered “am I an inferior human being”? I joined the HBA so that the next generations wouldn’t hear these things.


 

Marylie Limousin, Digital and Technical Operations Coordinator
Who am I?
After five years of studying numbers and computers (you may call me a nerd), I am now getting a chance to apply what I learned in school to real-world challenges within the medical industry at BD. I am also an addicted, semi-professional basketball player.

Why did I join the HBA?
I joined the HBA because I think much remains to be done to improve women’s place in society, starting with studying their place to better question it. My objective is to advance the world of health, and women’s place simultaneously.


 

Andreina Hidalgo, Volunteer
Who am I?
My name is Andreina, and I am the lone engineer in a family of medical doctors. Indeed, my dream was to provide my loved ones with tools to improve people’s health. Today, I’m happy to say that the ‘weirdo’ of the family is living her dream.

Why did I join the HBA?
I joined the HBA because I believe that the best ideas are even better when they translate into action. There’s still much to change to achieve gender parity and I want to be part of that change because women deserve better.


 

Isabelle Abgrall, Membership and Volunteering DAL
Who am I?
Passionate about technology to serve in health and human beings, I started my career on the road, selling respiratory devices to hospital emergency departments. I now focus on prevention, by ensuring the robustness of medical devices and processes as a quality assurance manager at BD.

Why did I join the HBA?
Diversity and gender parity are words we hear every day as if they were already part of today’s reality… I joined the HBA because I think this is a joke, and the HBA helps focus our efforts to make this dream happen.


 

Emmanuelle Bensaude, Marketing and Communication DAL
Who am I?

After spending years studying nasty little viruses, I now enjoy studying microbiology laboratories as part of my marketing career at BD.

Why did I join the HBA?
I joined the HBA because I find it amazing that gender should be seen as anything more than a random detail compared to the amazing complexity of a person.


Nikki Soffe, Programming DAL
Who am I?

Having a Spanish mom and an English dad means that I’m multicultural, which opened many doors for me. One of these doors has been BD’s, where I work as a trainee planning leader, as part of a large multicultural digitalisation project. 

Why did I join HBA?
I joined the HBA almost one year ago to widen my network of people with similar values as me, wanting to act to improve gender parity, starting with their companies, moving on to the wider world.


 

Marie-Liesse Le Corfec, Operation Director
Who am I?

I have spent more time working in the pharmaceutical industry than can reasonably be told and am grateful for everything I learned in the process, about sales, marketing, market access, science … but first and foremost for how people united behind a vision can change the world.

Why did I join the HBA?
I’ve also been impressed by all the extraordinary women who were my mentors, colleagues, or mentees in the healthcare industry. I joined the HBA in 2016 as I found it an excellent opportunity to meet more extraordinary women - and extraordinary men, to take real action to help our industry value diversity more.

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