Career Snapshots

Hear from local scientists and engineers in the Tri-Valley and their career journeys.


How a biologist with an MBA left research behind and combined her skills to make a brilliant impact.

An interview with Jessica Brillant, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications, Roche Molecular Solutions

Jessica works to build awareness around the Roche diagnostic product portfolio and effectively develops and deploys marketing stories and content for Oncology Solutions, Women’s Health, Digital Diagnostics, Global Access Program, and more, across product areas.

Joined Roche – 2002
Credentials – B.S. in Biology from Saint Mary’s College
M.Sc. – Molecular Biology from the University of Pacific
MBA – Saint Mary’s College

Move 1 Research Scientist at Roche Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto working on HIV nNRTI drug development research

Move 2 Joined Roche Molecular Diagnostics as a Development Scientist on the Blood Screening team helping to bring to market diagnostic solutions that help keep blood donations safe from transferring viruses and other infectious diseases.

Move 3 Transitioned into Marketing Communications in 2007, supporting numerous product portfolios as well as the Global Access Program since its inception in 2014.

Roche is a major biotechnology employer in the Bay Area, combining the strengths of Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Roche Sequencing Solutions and Diagnostics Information Solutions with two main hubs in Pleasanton and Santa Clara. Our talent is over 2,000 strong, with over 800 employees working in research and development.

Philanthropic and community outreach are focused locally in the areas of STEM education, cancer and infectious disease patient services and community health.

Roche worked with the City of Pleasanton to build the first building in the city to use reclaimed water for toilets and industrial cooling. This new facility has solar thermal panels for heating, and is K6 compliant – a Roche directive to not use hydrofluorocarbon or refrigerants. The new 70,000-square-foot building is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

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