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Staff Spotlight On... Andy
Meet Andy Sierra!

Andy has been with MRN for coming up to a year and a half, and he works as a Vendor and Contracts Associate, based in the US office in Chicago.

1. Before working at MRN, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I think I’d have to go with being a medical student in Mexico.

2. How has MRN helped you in your career development?

I feel like my eyes have been opened, seeing that there are many more components in the healthcare system than just being a doctor – I thought it was just the hospital’s or the clinics, but it’s way more interesting and there are much more pieces to it and now I know that, I know about the other opportunities. I’m developing the people skills that I learnt at med school, by using them to deal with vendors and applying my skills in a more corporate and office-based environment.

3. What 3 words best describe MRN for you?

Innovation, grit, and patient centricity.

Why grit?

I use grit because I feel like we’ve carved a new niche market into the clinical trials market, we are so innovative, that requires grit to continue to carve out that niche, but also to sell to people that don’t realise that they need us!

4. What do you like most about MRN and what do you find the most challenging?

I really like the mentality we have here – I like that you can grow so much, I love how open people are to new ideas. We’re in such a new space that any idea can be the next thing, and everyone is open and ready to accept those ideas.

In terms of the most challenging, I kind of think, that we are so new, so niche, that we are still trying to figure out how to do everything and that means editing processes and refining those processes – you can be stuck doing something and then the need to change everything comes up, we always need to be flexible and be able to change and continually evolve.

5. What is your biggest achievement to date – professional or personal?

My biggest achievement has been the onboarding of a Brazilian vendor, it took a year and I’m really happy we can now offer services in Brazil. Personal would be deciding to stick to my intuition and not continuing with medicine.

6. People would be surprised if they knew…

If they knew I competed in horse races (in a horse showing event in Puerto Rico called Paso Fino).

7. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

I would have loved to have been present at the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington DC, it gives me chills whenever I hear it.

8. What is the first concert you attended?

I think it was Juanes, he’s a Colombian singer.

9. What is your personal philosophy?

Mine is – try to be better every day, compete with yourself, don’t look at anybody else.

10. Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

I loved Buenos Aires, I travelled there in April of this year, to settle something with a vendor (I only managed to stay 36 hours!) but I loved the city, the vibe and so much more. I love that if you asked someone to describe the city, they couldn’t – the best I got was ‘the city is like tango; however tango makes you feel, that’s what you get from the city’.

11. What is your favourite thing to do?

It would have to be reading a good book and knitting.

12. What is your favourite book/film?

My favourite book of all time must be 1984. I just loved it so much. I felt the hopelessness of the ending, it was an amazing read.

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Toby Heath
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