Roche Diabetes Care

KITLIVING

"It was a very tough

moment in my life," Alain

Bindels says. "I really felt

helpless in that moment

and realised how fragile

life is. I mean, it was really two weeks of

not knowing what the outcome would

be. Like, will I get better, will I be able to

see my family again?"

He did recover. But Bindels, Head of

Innovation Facilitation & Digitalisation at

Roche, says he's not the same man he

was before having the disease. After 15

days on his back, a fever as high as 41.1

degrees and losing 10% of oxygen in his

blood, he stumbled out of bed with one

word ever-present in his mind: solidarity.

Somehow, after Covid-19, he saw

connections he'd missed before, and

realised the importance of sustainability

and our responsibility as a society, a

community and at an individual level. He

says he understood that the future - both

personally and professionally - hinges

on partnerships. "I think the only way

to go forward after Covid-19 is through

collaboration and helping each other,"

he says. "To be honest, before I was not

focused so much on sustainability or

on sustainable development goals. But

through this experience I realised the

importance of solidarity, sustainability and

building ecosystems to make change

happen."

The disease not only transformed

Bindels, it also transformed the annual

Innovation Summit he organises. As he

Call it what you will - a near-death experience, a revelation, an

awakening. But when you talk with Alain Bindels, you'll find a man

changed by having had Covid-19, yet the experience has given him

THE FUTURE HINGES ON

PARTNERSHIPS

watched the necessity-driven innovation

and agility spurred by the pandemic,

he also recognised an opportunity to

harness solidarity around the globe,

and unite innovators across pharma,

governments, academia, patients, startups and

non-profits to work together to

deliver solutions that matter for patients.

He commented, "My wish for the future

is that we have built this ecosystem with

partnerships of start-ups, universities,

experts, private companies, even NGOs,

and we have the patient included really in

the middle of all of that. So, the focus is

how can we bring those worlds together

into a functioning ecosystem that's

centered around patient needs?"

Life is fragile

When asked what surprised him most

about his experience as a Covid-19

patient, Bindels says it's the fragility of life,

and the connections that his vulnerability

allowed him to see. He summarises,

"We all are part of a big community in a

big world, and we have to take care of

each other," he says. "I think life is fragile,

societies are fragile, and if we really want

to create a positive future, a sustainable

future for everybody, we need to rethink

how we are working as a society, as a

community and also on a personal level."

From a personal blog published June

2020. Read more about Bindels'

experience in his Voices blog:

Something in me changed.

Alain Bindels, Head of Innovation

Facilitation & Digitalisation at Roche

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