Foundation Medicine's European subsidiary is located within the Roche Campus in Penzberg, Germany, just a couple of miles south of Munich. Roche Penzberg is one of Europe’s largest biotechnology centers, employing around 6,200 people from over 50 nations. Roche nurtures a collaborative corporate culture which promotes and supports open-minded thought and activity. This environment harmonizes perfectly with Foundation Medicine's core values and culture.
We are excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, Foundation Medicine GmbH has made the list of TOP 100 most innovative companies in Germany 2022. In addition to the TOP 100 recognition, Foundation Medicine GmbH was recently named a “Top Company 2022” by kununu. At all of our Foundation Medicine sites, our people-first culture allows us to do our best work each day to transform cancer care for patients, physicians, and researchers.
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The Foundation Medicine laboratory in Penzberg was initiated in January 2017 and launched for commercial diagnostic, i.e. comprehensive genomic profiling for cancer patients, in October 2017. In addition to laboratory operations, the site functions as hub for internal collaborations and partnerships. The central location in Europe and within the Penzberg campus allow for a strong synergy between Foundation Medicine, various national and international partners and Roche.
The Foundation Medicine team in Penzberg consists of several groups, such as Laboratory Operations, Client Services & Accessioning, Computational Biology, Quality Assurance, Automation Engineering, Project management, Finance and IT. Starting with only four employees in January 2017, the team has grown to almost sixty employees in March 2020 (from 6 different nations) and continues to expand in size! Many of the Roche amenities on campus can also be used by Foundation Medicine employees, such as the gym, canteen, and bus services.
The past twelve months have been beyond exceptional and nobody can deny the impacts the global corona pandemic had on our daily lives. However, there were many positives. Our working environment had to quickly adapt to the new situation and employers and employees just the same had to accommodate to the new circumstances. Continued or exclusive work from remote has become “the new normal” – and to everyone’s surprise, it is working just as well.
- Vera , VP, International Operations & Managing Director Foundation Medicine GmbH.
Maja's journey at Foundation Medicine started in March 2018. She was the third team member in Client Services at our site in Penzberg. At that time, Foundation Medicine GmbH was a very small team and working meant wearing many different hats. She contributed to building the Accessioning & Client Services teams and developing the processes that we use in that department today. In May 2019, she became the team lead, before being promoted to a manager position in July 2020.
Read more about her role as Manager of Accessioning & Client Services here.
"When I think about the current International Operations Team, I think of the amount of diversity and team spirit that we have. We are a truly international team, comprised of different cultural backgrounds and varying previous work experiences. We each bring our unique work style into our projects, and our different perspectives, in order to create innovative solutions. This contributes to the success of our common mission, to transform cancer care."
Learn more from Alessia, Sr Mgr, International Operations Penzberg about the team here.
Thomas started working at Foundation Medicine in Penzberg in 2017.
"I was the first bioinformatician hired in Penzberg. Since then, I have developed significantly and have taken on numerous leadership roles in Penzberg. Seeing the team grow from just a handful of employees to over 60 has been a very rewarding journey."
Read more about his story.
Client Services is the communication bridge from Foundation Medicine to our external partners. In Penzberg, we work directly with Roche’s customer care team to support our European stakeholders.
Read more about Verena’s experience as a Sr. Client Services Associate in Penzberg.
Read more about how Maja helped shape the Penzberg Client Services team.
Anja started working at Foundation Medicine GmbH a year and a half ago in the lab as a Molecular Technologist II. She has recently moved to a role as a Specialist, Right to Operate. She shared how leadership supported this transition as well as a combination of mobile and on-site working.
Read more about her story.
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