Sam Wang's belief in our mission fuels his continued growth
Q: When did you join Baxter, what brought you here?
My undergraduate major was in biochemistry. I joined Baxter not long after graduating. Twenty years ago, China’s biotechnology industry was just getting started, and working in a multinational medical technology company was very exciting for me. Plus, the HR partner who interviewed me made a deep impression. She was very kind and thorough. The Baxter culture she embodied attracted me as a newcomer.
Q: What motivates you? Personally, professionally?
I support our renal work, everything from products to services, but particularly providing services for our patients. My goal is to extend our best-in-class renal care model to help those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) gain better access to quality care in China. After 20 years at Baxter, this encourages me to continue to work hard.
Q: How did you end up in the role you’re in?
I joined Baxter as a sales representative. During my 20-year career, I have worked across different fields including product management, talent management, and business management. Five years ago, I accepted many new challenges and took over the Renal Care Services business. I like to keep challenging myself, and stepping up and out of my comfort zone. It was a new effort to expand this business into China, and I had the courage to accept that challenge to better patients’ lives.
Q: What about working at Baxter makes you stay?
There are three reasons. The first is Baxter’s mission -- we are working every day with our employees, customers and partners to save and sustain lives. The second is that I can work with a group of like-minded people, which gives me a sense of belonging. The third is that Baxter has offered me different opportunities and resources to grow and realize the value of my professional life.
Q: What is one of your proudest moments while working at Baxter?
When I saw the smiling face of the first patient being treated in our new local Renal Care Services dialysis clinic, which officially launched in Xiamen in 2017.
Q: In your own words, what does it mean for you to have a meaningful career?
The most meaningful part of my career is that my family members are really proud of what I am doing to help patients. They’ve learned about our dialysis clinic and our mission. I even invited my parents to visit the clinic in Xiamen to learn more about what we are doing to help people with CKD gain better access to quality care. This makes me proud.