As a bench scientist, Matt Labrecque has a front-row seat to the discovery of new medicines. An innate passion for science and patients powers his work, but his inspiration to help patients goes beyond the professional.
Matt is a Bristol Myers Squibb employee who lives with multiple sclerosis and clinical depression, and he has personally experienced the impact that scientific advances can have on an individual patient’s life.
“I have benefited from advances in science,” he said. “I don’t know what the long term will bring, and I still experience symptoms, but science has made a difference for me. Through my role in R&D, I want to help as many patients as possible by developing new medicines, because we have all been touched in one way or another by diseases.”
At BMS, we know our employees’ professional drive to succeed is sometimes rooted in their own personal experience as a patient. We encourage all colleagues to bring their authentic selves to work, and we believe diverse thinking and a collaborative culture can help spark innovation. Research supports this thinking — regardless of industry or sector, leaders that proactively seek diverse viewpoints experience higher rates of successful business innovation.
With that goal in mind, BMS develops programs that support our colleagues and welcome their patient experience as part of our pursuit of innovative solutions to some of the most challenging illnesses.
Authenticity at work
Julie Meade, PhD, an R&D employee at Bristol Myers Squibb who prepares clinical trial protocol documents, has also found that her personal experience with chronic illness has impacted her professional and personal mission.