Biochemist Katherine Farrajota provides the expertise behind the label of many everyday L’Oreal Canada products.
Why is the sky blue?” That’s the kind of curiositydriven question a young Katherine Farrajota was always asking as a child. Looking through a microscope for the first time in high-school biology class, she started getting answers. “When the teacher explained how cells work, it opened my mind.” she says.
Today, the 32-year-old Montreal native, who has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a master’s degree in molecular biology from the Université de Montréal, credits passionate teachers for fostering her love of science.
“When you have a teacher that explains something so clearly and passionately, you’re intrigued. You think to yourself: hopefully I’ll inspire someone too one day.”
As manager of drug regulatory affairs at L’Oreal Canada, Farrajota brings that ambition to her work.
“I always try to communicate my passion for science in everything I do,” she says.
Communication is a big part of Farrajota’s job. Hired by team ensures that these products comply with Canadian drug regulations. They also work to support product launches by reviewing labelling and accuracy of claims on packaging and within TV and print advertisements to comply with Canadian regulations.
Farrajota makes sure that the marketing communicates the product efficiently, accurately and logically with respect to the science. “I like working within the boundaries of regulatory affairs because I get to keep my science background. It’s important to always keep your core DNA that you worked so hard to achieve and then apply it to different paths,” Farrajota says.
“I go to the pharmacy with my mom and say: look, it’s a product I worked on. It’s amazing! I like to see the end result. That’s why what I’m doing now is the perfect fit for me,” she adds.