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Pfizer Digital Senior vice president Hamilton: The Global Center for Digital Innovation in Thessaloniki is part of Pfizer’s digital transformation strategy

(Source: AMNA)

Pfizer has embarked on a digital transformation journey to strengthen its digital foundation, implement a new operating model, and drive innovative, digital solutions to achieve our mission of breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. This digital transformation has been years in the making and has accelerated over the last two years, and even more so in the last year, as a result of the pandemic. 
Our Global Center for Digital Innovation in Thessaloniki, although launched only a year ago, is already playing a key role in implementing our Digital strategy and delivering patient-centric digital solutions. It is now a key component of our global digital operating model.

We have already hired more than 250 highly-qualified colleagues and expect to go over the 300 milestone by the end of this year. We are very satisfied with the talent that we’ve been able to attract in just over one year and I can say all our colleagues in the Center for Digital Innovation in Thessaloniki, driven by Nico Gariboldi, are already making meaningful contributions to the company and our patients. Colleagues in the Center are working on innovative digital projects, in collaboration to colleagues across the world, as part of the corporate digital strategy. This includes digitizing drug discovery and development, enhancing health outcomes and patient experience, digital tools for making our work faster and easier, AI and advanced analytics. 

The Center for Digital Innovation is also making an important impact both locally  and nationally at three different levels:  
Firstly, there is a direct impact, as this great investment is creating new job opportunities in a dynamic key sector for the economy. Secondly, there is an indirect impact, as we are building an ecosystem of partnerships with local players around the CDI, including start-ups, academic and research institutions and the healthcare system. In this way we create positive spillover effects and additional opportunities throughout the wider economy. Investments such as Pfizer’s help place Greece back on the investment map, particularly for investments in the critical technology sector, by sending a positive message to the global investment community that Greece is a country with strong talent and sound economic prospects.
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“Health care is a team sport.” That is how Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Lidia Fonseca, describes her reason for joining Pfizer in 2019, with the goal of transforming the way the company uses digital platforms and data to improve health outcomes and the experience of patients, providers and payers.  

The April 2019 pilot launch of a wellness coach, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered patient engagement robot, available in USA, is one example of how Pfizer is providing useful tools to doctors and patients across all disease categories. The robot “talks” with patients about how they are feeling and helps answer questions they may have about their treatment. The platform then delivers data and insights to clinicians at a specialty pharmacy provider to help a patient’s caregivers initiate timely and appropriate outreach to the patient. The goal is to help better manage symptoms and address patient questions in real time.  
Another Pfizer application, available in USA,  aims to connect cancer patients with an oncology support system, enabling them to share information with caregivers, friends and family, and remember important information from doctors’ visits.  

“Pfizer is starting to support patients, physicians and payers in a very different way than in the past,” says Fonseca. “We are learning about blind spots in patients’ journeys and working to use insights from data, as well as digital solutions, to deliver a more integrated experience. We want patients, their caregivers and health care providers to ‘sync’ in real time to meaningfully improve experiences and outcomes.”  


Innovation is leading the recruitment process in CDI

Hackathons have been leveraged as an innovative tool to fuel the recruitment process in the  global Center for Digital Innovation at Pfizer Thessaloniki. The main objective is to source hire new talents to develop innovative digital solutions and applications that can improve the quality of life of patients. 

So far two hackathons have been organized by CDI resulting in 20 new hires. The 8 people that have been selected from this year’s Hackathon are all set to start their journey in Pfizer as Senior Associate Solution Engineers and Senior Associate Software Engineers as of July 2021.

During this year’s hackathon, all participants addressed the proposed challenges. They also had the opportunity to attend trainings so as to further improve their skills and capabilities on software engineering. Their individual projects were presented in a designated Committee for evaluation. After a series of interviews 8 candidates were selected to join Pfizer in July!


18 new people to join the Pfizer Global Center for Digital Innovation after the successful completion of the 6th bootcamp

A diverse group of talented individuals, electrical and computer engineers and computer scientists participated in the 6th Pfizer Software and Cloud Engineering bootcamp. Participants attended an integrated training program focused on the domains of software engineering, object-oriented programing and JAVA fundamentals, front end development and cloud computing that lasted for 4 weeks.

The candidates had the unique opportunity to build new capabilities in cutting edge technologies, get introduced to the company and claim a seat in the Pfizer family.
18 candidates were selected and hired to fill the positions of Associate Solution Engineer, Digital Analyst, etc., so as to develop digital solutions that lead to breakthroughs that change patients' lives along with the larger group in the Center for Digital Innovation.

All of us in the Center for Digital Innovation are going to welcome them warmly in Pfizer during June.


200 people will be recruited at Pfizer’s Hub in Thessaloniki -

The article focuses on the fact that 200 people will be recruited at Pfizer’s Hub in Thessaloniki, mentioning the visit of the American Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Elizabeth K. Lee, to Pfizer’s Hub in Thessaloniki.


The American Consulate General in Thessaloniki Elizabeth K. Lee visited Pfizer’s Hub

The American Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Elizabeth K. Lee, visited today Pfizers Hub in Thessaloniki. Nico Gariboldi, Hub Site Leader, welcomed her. The US Consulate is closely monitoring US investments in Thessaloniki and it has repeatedly expressed its satisfaction for this particular investment, which promotes innovation in the critical health sector, opening up promising prospects.

Based in Thessaloniki, Greece, part of the Pfizer Digital global network, the Pfizer Digital & Technology hub will be closely linked to the external ecosystem. Pfizer will create a network ecosystem involving partners and local communities to support service delivery and project execution. The hub will develop transformative digital solutions driving innovative breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.

Pfizer chose Thessaloniki for locating the hub because of the country’s stable political environment and solid economic prospects, the favorable innovation, academic, research and start-up ecosystem, the high level of talent and quality workforce and the potential of acting as a gateway to southeastern Europe. After the visit, Elizabeth K. Lee stated: “Thank you for the opportunity to visit Pfizer’s Digital Hub in Thessaloniki and learn more about your work in research and innovation, capitalizing technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data analytics for the development of new treatments. We are proud to see such investments by U.S. companies taking place in Thessaloniki, a vibrant student city, giving the opportunity to young scientists to build their careers.”

Nico Gariboldi stated: “As part of Pfizer Digital’s global network, we have identified opportunities to deliver innovation and expand our talent across various disciplines and locations that leverage the innovative environment and existing talent, and align well with other Pfizer activities and disciplines to optimize collaboration. With this vision, we have established a Digital hub in Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is a great city with great prospects and we are very pleased to be able to contribute to its potential.”

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