In this article, we shine the spotlight on Christophe Klumb, Senior Consultant at NDA, and learn how he chose to combine his love for science with his passion for writing.


Applying creativity to science

Although the future is uncertain, it is predictable. The choices we make every day can either take us closer to our goals or away from them. Christophe Klumb, Senior Consultant at NDA chose to combine his love for science with his passion for writing.

Christophe has a strong background in biotechnology engineering and holds a Master of Drug Regulatory Affairs from Bonn University. Although he has been working in different roles in regulatory affairs for over a decade, he started his career working in NK cell research at the university clinics in Düsseldorf, Germany. After about three years working as a researcher, he decided to try something different.

“I wanted to apply myself to something different. My educational background is biotechnology engineering, so I am curious to know how things work. On the other hand, I enjoy writing and love science, so I didn't want to lose that connection. After looking at my options, I decided to dive deeper into regulatory affairs.”

After his contract as a researcher came to an end, Christophe wanted to carefully evaluate his next career move, so reflected on what areas of writing appealed to him. “I realized that I enjoy writing about technical aspectsdescribing how things work, analytics, and tests—and I wanted to link these stories to scientific research. This passion made me lean towards CMC in regulatory affairs,” he shares. Christophe spent the following years working in medical device and then drug regulatory affairs. He started working with CE marking of medical devices, and then moved to CMC in the clinical development of ATMPs in oncology indications.

Connecting the dots

In January 2022, Christophe joined NDA’s EU Regulatory and Strategy team as a Senior Consultant.

“I chose NDA because it gave me the opportunity to work closely with ex-regulators and learn from their wealth of experience. But for me, the cherry on the cake is working in an international environment, being able to work with clients from across the globe is enriching. This was not something I was expecting to happen while looking for a job, but I am glad it did. Today, I work with colleagues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, and the US. These interactions help me learn new things every day.”

At NDA, Christophe has been involved in several projects, from antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates to cell and gene therapies. Working with a diverse team of experts makes him open to learning, willing to ask for help, and excited to contribute his knowledge to the team. “I am proud to be part of the machine that brings new medicines to patients. I know that I cannot change the world, and I don't want to, but I am grateful to be part of a team, a company, a system that is constantly working to make patients’ lives better. The idea of being part of this system is what motivates me.”

The big picture

Christophe is a life-long learner who is flexible, adaptable, and passionate about what he does. He is not afraid of change or challenges and is always excited to try out new things. As a regulatory affairs consultant, he uses this valuable trait to help clients adapt to new situations. He explains this by saying: “One thing I like about regulatory affairs is that it is always changing. Regulatory affairs is always giving clients and consultants new riddles to quiz their brains. You cannot get comfortable doing the same thing for the rest of your life because the rules are constantly changing. Therefore, you need to be able to think out of the box to find new ways and new solutions.

When Christophe is not working, he is either spending time with his family, listening to music, cooking, baking, or eating what was cooked. From his experience, he shares that success comes from being patient—the right thing happens at the right time—and finding happiness and satisfaction in the ‘little things’ of life.   

“Don’t rush into anything. The right thing usually happens; you just have to be patient. Above all, keep your expectations reasonable and realistic so that if something exceptional happens, you will be positively surprised. Sometimes, we don’t need big things to make us satisfied. Happiness is in the little things.”

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