Aileen Eiszele BA (Hons) Dip Ed., CertMktg&PR, APMA CEP, GradDipBus
Languages: native English speaker and bilingual in English/French. Basic understanding of Dutch and Japanese.
Interests: oncology, women's health, drug development, marketing and market access, lobbying.
A prolific writer at an early age, Aileen grew up in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She credits two passionate French teachers for her love of languages and for encouraging her to combine languages with her interest in science. She graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in French with minors in biology and zoology. She was awarded the university prize for excellence in French which encouraged her to complete Honors in French linguistics followed by a senior secondary teaching qualification. Aileen started teaching French but soon after obtained a French government teaching scholarship which took her to Grenoble.
With her feet back on Australian soil, Aileen changed career paths and joined the pharmaceutical industry. In 1998, she made the strategic move to Sydney to join Rhône Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi), a French pharmaceutical company, which lead to further qualifications in pharmaceuticals, marketing, public relations and business. After working initially as a Medical Sales Representative across the company’s oncology and haematology products, Aileen was promoted to Marketing Communications Manager in oncology.
In 2003, all the years she had spent studying French paid off when she was offered the opportunity to take up a position with Sanofi in Belgium. In her role as Product Manager Oncology, she worked on marketing projects and liaised with numerous international and European thought leaders on clinical trial development and scientific affairs. Her key achievement, the TC (Taxotere®/ cyclophosphamide) reimbursement submission, set a precedent for drug reimbursement in Belgium.
While in Belgium, Aileen also worked as the Herceptin® (trastuzumab) Product Manager at Roche where she launched the drug in the early breast cancer setting and was involved in standardising HER2 testing procedures across the country.
Aileen is published in The West Australian newspaper, has edited and translated educational crossword books for non-English speaking children, and was a contributing author on a book about culture diversity in Belgium. An amended version of her Honors thesis can be found at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Aileen currently lives in Perth, Western Australia, but maintains strong ties with Belgium and Europe. She is married to a French-speaking hospital pharmacist and their two children are being raised bilingually. She is also a keen photographer.