Get to Know Prothena

Every member of the Prothena family adds to the company’s fabric in a unique and important way. Indeed, our diversity of experiences and perspectives — along with our shared vision to improve human health — is what drives our success.

As we grow, we take pride in keeping our camaraderie strong among our team members based across the US and Europe. Here, we invite you to meet just some of our people who are helping us to advance our goal of delivering novel new therapies to patients.

Neha, Accounting
South San Francisco, USA
Q. What’s your favorite thing about working at Prothena?
I really love how people at Prothena are passionate about what they do. People are interested in the science and really care about the patients. It is very exciting coming to work every day and seeing how we are growing and how we are all working together to change patient’s lives.

Tanya, Clinical Operations
Dublin, Ireland
Q. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be and why?
“Embrace change and be inspired to make a difference.” I say this because I typically don’t like change, in routine or schedule. I like to do things the way I know how! However, as each year of my life evolves and passes and I have to continue to challenge myself, I realize that the changes in my personal and professional life — some profound in many ways, sad events, others challenging and difficult, and of course the very happy events — help shape and develop me as a person and make me aware of what is important in life and in the lives of those around me. Every change makes a difference.

Peter, European Marketing
Zug, Switzerland
Q. What are you reading now?
“The Century of the Surgeon” by Jurgen Thorwald. I found it in an old bookstore, as it was published in the 1950s. It tells the history of surgery and the innovations and improvements made from the mid-19th century onwards. Not only is it very entertaining, but also filled with knowledge and facts — unbelievable but true stories. It also illustrates how difficult it can be for even ground-breaking medical innovations to become the standard of care. I highly recommend it!

Jay, Clinical Operations
South San Francisco, USA
Q. Anything you think your colleagues would be interested to know about you?
About five years ago, I challenged myself to learn how to program because I wanted to better understand the bridge between IT and clinical development. Learning different programming languages has been challenging but fun, and has definitely helped my work in clinical operations.

Nirali, Medical Affairs
Nashville, USA
Q. If you could be mentored by one person, who would that be and why?
My dad! He is my inspiration for everything. My dad sacrificed his career as an engineer. Both mom and dad left their families and the life they knew behind in India so that they could provide a better life for us in the U.S. I still seek guidance from him because he helps me put life into perspective. He believes in hard work and that nothing worthwhile comes easy.

Keith, Global Marketing
South San Francisco, USA
Q. What was your first job?
As a kid, I hustled a lot to make money wherever I could. When I was 10, I used to water my piano teacher’s huge garden for $5 per hour and on the weekends, for extra cash, I would wash the delivery trucks at the courier company my mom worked for. I guess my first “real” job was when I turned 12; I convinced my best friend to go in 50/50 with me on a newspaper route and we were pretty successful with that for a couple years…except for when people didn’t pay their bills at the end of the month and we had to come around to collect. I mean, what kind of person stiffs the neighborhood paperboy?!