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I’m in the race of a lifetime

July 02, 2021
About the Author

Roberto Vieira, senior vice president, U.S. Commercial, has broad experience across the pharmaceutical industry and has served in many capacities beyond his academic chemical engineer training. His manufacturing, sales, finance and local and global marketing experience make him a valued member of our team. His appreciation of life, culture and people has shaped his commitment to helping bring positive outcomes to patients with cancer.

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have been training for triathlons over the past couple of years. On race day, you want to put all your training into that one moment and deliver all that you have. Mirati is in a race to help those with cancer—a race against time for those patients who are waiting for options—and this is the race of a lifetime.

Meeting this mission for patients with cancer means everyone at Mirati, including me, shows up prepared, trained and studied to deliver the best results for those impact by cancer. When we all do this as individuals and as an organization, we know we left 100 percent on the field. We leave nothing to chance and pursue every opportunity to deliver for patients.

Mirati is in a race to help those with cancer—a race against time for those patients who are waiting for options—and this is the race of a lifetime.

I joined Mirati over a year ago. An important part of my role is to ensure Mirati is ready to be a successful commercial company by assisting in creating capabilities and competencies to commercialize a product effectively and responsibly. I think of my role beyond just those on my team, as we work in partnership across the broader Mirati team to ensure our science is well understood and our compounds, once approved, can deliver the most benefit to those living with cancer.

Mirati’s genesis in discovery and drug development is a core piece of who we are. There is a daring spirit to reach for new horizons, breaking through to discover and advance novel areas of scientific innovation and technology. It’s in our DNA to push the envelope in trying new things to benefit the patients who need us.

Above all, Mirati employees are committed to transforming the lives of those with cancer. We never want to take for granted the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. My team and I view this as our life’s mission and not just as a job. We strive for excellence, seeking those who respect others and find value in others’ differences.

When I first started working in oncology, it was a rational decision, but like many others, it became personal after I lost my father to cancer. That experience taught me that time is not on our side when dealing with this terrible disease.

While time is not on the side of those with cancer, each of us at Mirati are actively and relentlessly on the side of the patient.