Staff profile - Jacquie Pillay
Medical device category manager
It’s a long way from researching Australian pigs to helping New Zealanders with heart problems, but then again it’s been a colourful path that has led Jacquie Pillay to PHARMAC.
Jacquie is one of PHARMAC’s medical device category managers, part of the team that is spearheading PHARMAC’s work in hospital medical devices.
A relative newcomer to PHARMAC, arriving in May 2015, Jacquie is looking after interventional cardiology products – anything from cardiac stents to guidewires.
It’s fascinating work for Jacquie, a native of Alice Springs, Australia who now uses her background in health research, applied science and medical device sales to come up with creative answers to emerging work at PHARMAC.
“I like that we don’t have anything set in concrete – that we’re exploring options, getting input from leaders in different parts of the sector,” she says.
“The great thing about my role is you get to see all sides, I find that fascinating. And it’s not just about price, there are other benefits we can get.”
Jacquie brings more than a decade of knowledge in medical devices sales to her PHARMAC role. Prior to that she’d worked in areas as diverse as vaccine manufacturing, quality control of mouthwash and household cleaning products manufacturing, and oncology research. The pig research came as part of work looking into the use of near-infrared spectroscopy, a method of analysing protein content in animal feed.
“I feel like I’m drawing a picture,” she says. “We already have the outline, the sketch of what we want to achieve. My job is to put the colours on the page and fill in the lines, bring it to life.”
Jacquie has called Wellington home for over a decade and loves the outdoor lifestyle, listing kayaking and surfcasting among her out-of-work pursuits.
“I love to get outdoors though I’m not as adventurous as some of the PHARMAC people. It’s more middle-aged outdoors,” she says with a laugh.
Last updated: 10 December 2015