Q&A with Divya Tikkavarapu

Consultant, NYC

Q&A with Divya Tikkavarapu

Consultant, NYC
What is your role at BluePrint?
  • I’ve been at BluePrint for almost 3 years. I started as an Associate and now I am a Consultant.
When you joined BluePrint, what types of resources helped you get started?
  • When I started, there were a lot of new Associates so it was great that we all got to learn together. I learned a lot on the job. BluePrint gives you the resources to pick up the skills even if you don’t have experience in methodologies or therapeutic areas upon joining. My educational background in engineering and biology helped me understand where my interests lie so that I could customize my BluePrint experience accordingly.
What do you like most about working at BluePrint?
  • My experience has been great so far. I came from a technical background working in a lab, which was very monotonous for me. I appreciate that things are ever-changing and challenging here – the turnaround of projects is very quick and it keeps things fresh, always giving me something new to work on/think about.
What do you find most rewarding about your work at BluePrint?
  • I love that I am actually making an impact in the pharmaceutical world. We are working on real-world challenges – these are drugs that affect patient's lives. I appreciate that I can help spread awareness of these products in the world.
Which internal initiatives or projects have you worked on recently?
  • I’m involved in recruiting which I enjoy. Bringing in talent to a firm is a big responsibility and I also get to see how the company is moving forward. I also helped to organize our company’s event during ASCO this past summer. I was responsible for scouting a venue and organizing an event suitable for our clients. It was a very enjoyable experience.
What is one aspect of your day-to-day work that has evolved over time at BluePrint?
  • Client communication – the type of interaction I have with clients has evolved over time. I now have more ownership over those relationships, with less oversight from the managers on my project team. Now, the team relies on me to keep projects moving along, collect client feedback on reports or updates, and communicate with stakeholders about project timelines. That has changed a lot for me in the last year.
Can you tell me about an innovative project that you have worked on in the past?
  • We worked on a project that desired to assess the market potential for a weekly-patch to treat patients with schizophrenia. It was insightful to understand physician’s perspectives on the possible availability of a new mode of administration in a therapeutic space that has a crowded competitive landscape.