Kirsten Langendorf

Principal Consultant and CDISC Subject Matter Expert – S-cubed ApS

I joined S-cubed when Scott McGregor contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of the team working for A3 Informatics, developing the Glandon Suite, as well as joining the S-cubed CDISC team. I have a professional interest in the way CDISC is being deployed in pharmaceutical companies and the idea of being part of a new project was very exciting. Also, I like the people here, having worked with many of them before and that influenced me to move.

I do enjoy my job. Being part of the A3 Informatics development team, working on a project that is cutting edge is fascinating. The team is crucial, and we work really closely together on system design to ensure that we have built a solution that is what our customers need. I do enjoy demonstrating the capabilities of the system to clients and ensuring they understand how the products are easy to implement. There’s also a real need in the industry to have wider use of CDISC standards and S-cubed is able to deliver CDISC complaint data and solutions, as we have been working with standards for 10 years. Perhaps my biggest challenge is having enough time to do all the exciting things I’d like to do!

A typical day for me always starts early. I am normally up at 5.30am making breakfast for me and my son. I cycle into the office to arrive about 7am or I head to a client. I like the quiet and can get a lot of work done first thing in the morning, before the hustle and bustle of daily life starts. We have a shared lunch in the office and it’s always good. I normally finish work and head for home at about 3.30 – 4pm, make dinner and relax.

I would rather be at home with my family than anywhere else in the world. I have travelled widely during my career and I don’t mind packing up and going away but for a vacation, I would always rather be close to home, particularly as I am conscious of the environmental impact of travelling. If I could choose to visit anywhere, I’d probably choose a remote Pacific Island, Iceland or maybe New Zealand. However, this year we are going to Venice by train and (diesel ?) car. My favourite summer vacations when I was young were always in Sweden or Norway, sailing trips with my father, or driving around Denmark with my parents. But when I am not working, you can generally find me reading a techy book, something on plant based food, graph databases or perhaps about the environment and sustainability. I enjoy watching films, particularly romantic films, although I have run out of things to watch on Netflix. I am a long-term ABBA fan, so Mama Mia is one of my favourite films. In fact, I could sing words to ABBA songs before I could speak English so some of the words I made up, just occasionally I will still sing the made up word rather than the correct English one!

My first job was working with the elderly in a care home for a summer vacation, as my Mum was a nurse there. It was ok but not want I wanted to do for a career. I moved into clinical research after I completed my masters in statistics. At the time, the biggest place to work with a degree in applied statistics was Novo Nordisk. I had a good friend, who I had studied with at university, and she joined Novo a couple of months before me and put in a good word for me. But S-cubed is different. We are all part of a big family and we get to have a good deal of say about the direction we take. My colleagues are very talented and there is nothing better than being surrounded by people with interesting ideas and visions. I love working on Glandon; it’s such an innovative system for managing the CDISC standards and has a great future. I hope I will still be at S-cubed in 10 years and that I’ll be working with customers all over Europe helping them implement the Glandon Suite.

Hmm 5 words to describe me … positive, impatient (sometimes!), sense of humour, persistent, direct.

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