Speaker Chapter 3
4-5 May 2023, A Coruña, Spain
Filiz BalcayHead of Region at Chiesi Group

Filiz Balçay, who has risen to the top in the pharmaceutical industry by working in different positions in her 30-year career, has developed a new perspective in the pharmaceutical industry by combining her work in different fields.

Providing opportunities by supporting young people with a visionary perspective, Filiz Balçay knows the value of each employee as a manager in the pharmaceutical industry. She cares about being human first.

“Defeat is an outcome on a particular issue. I think that life goes on, leaving aside what has happened, and I believe that the best medicine is to keep going.”

Filiz Balçay is a graduate of Istanbul University Faculty of Pharmacy. She worked in different positions in multinational companies focused on R&D for the past 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry, which she joined following her graduation.

She started her working life in Pharmacia in 1991 as a product manager, adding marketing manager, sales manager and department manager experiences. When Pharmacia joined Pfizer, she worked as the hospital products division manager.

In 2005, she had her first voluntary job exchange and joined Schering-Plough. Her job, which she started as a Primary Care division manager, has been enriched with different additional responsibilities. In addition to Primary Care, Cardiology Department, “Sales & Marketing Support Services” in the next stage, and commercial relations were added to all these responsibilities in the Schering-Plough & Organon merger process. She was involved in the Merck merger in 2009. In this change, she continued as the department director responsible for different fields of expertise.


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