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Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals

  • Insight into Pharmaceutical industry (and Medcoms)
  • Tips on transferring postdoc research skills
  • Opportunities in R+D roles beyond academia

While Covid-19 and associated global lockdown measures posed challenges for UK businesses, many companies aligned with the Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals industries thrived, benefitting from increased funding opportunities and greater need for their expertise and infrastructure. 

Growth of the pharmaceutical industry

Given the role played by pharmaceutical companies in the development and roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, the pharmaceutical industry is perhaps more in the limelight than it has been for a generation. 

It is likely to continue to be a growth area that will be competing to recruit and retain the best talent. Therefore, it offers significant opportunities to postdocs considering a career beyond academia, be that within R&D functions or any number of other functions from commercial, project management or regulatory affairs. 

Employers engaged within this cluster to date include big pharma companies such as ViiV Healthcare, biotech SMEs such as F-Star Therapeutics and consultancies such as Astute Pharma Associates. 

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Elanco
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Dr Deborah Hogg discusses her work in Large Molecule Technical Development at Elanco.

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Kinomica Ltd
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Jane Theaker discusses her work as CEO of Kinomica Ltd, a bioinformatics and diagnostics company.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb
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Dr Mike Tobyn discusses his work as a Research Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at Bristol-Myers Squibb. This interview was recorded in May 2021.

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Working at Melhor Consulting
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Dr Joe de Sousa discusses his work as Senior Leader, Non-Executive Director and Consultant at Melhor Consulting.

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Working at Notch Communications
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Dr Kate Whelan discusses her work as Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Head of Notch Scandinavia at Notch Communications.

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Working at Stream Bio
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Andy Chaloner discusses his work as Chief Executive Officer at Stream Bio.

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Working at IPG Health Medical Communications
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Dr Rebecca Douglas discusses her work as Group Programme Director for Talent at IPG Health Medical Communications.

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Working at Pierre Fabre Ltd.
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Dr Zohra Butt discusses her work as a Medical Science Liaison at Pierre Fabre Ltd.

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