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VIRTUAL MEETING – 22nd September 2021


As a pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences student attending the event, you will be able to gain first hand insight into the Pharmaceutical Industry through a series of talks by pharmaceutical scientists working within the industry.

This event was cancelled last year due to Covid-19. We are keen to keep connected with our students in a virtual world, until we can host the conference again at one of our sponsor sites.

This event when held at either Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and GSK has been very popular over the years attracting students from all over the UK.

Are you a pharmacy or pharmaceutical science student considering a career in industry? If so, you should sign up for our FREE virtual event for members and small fee for non-members (or maybe consider joining APS for the same cost) on the 8th of April – Industrial Insights 2021.

This annual event is a chance to hear from those in industry on how to succeed at securing your dream job, networking opportunities and a ‘Q & A’ session where you can ask questions to the panel.

Any pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or related science postgraduate or undergraduate student considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Thursday 22rd September 2021

APS Industrial Insights 2021
Time Wednesday 22nd September 2021
1300 Welcome

NSFG Committee

1310 Keynote Speaker

Bart Hens (Pfizer)

1340 A Day in the Life

Short presentations and Q&A:

·       Sadie Swainson (AZ)

·       Anthea Pryde (GSK)

·       Avnee Vaghjiani (Pfizer)

·       Karolina Dziemidowicz (Academia)

1440 Break
1500 Keynote Speaker

Claire Thompson (Agility Life Sciences)

1530 Interactive Session

Virtual manufacturing plant tour (Mohammad Babar, AZ)

1615 Pharmaceutical Question Time

A chance to ask questions on careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry

1655 Wrap-up

NSFG Committee

1700 Close

Virtual session run by: 

Mohammad Babar

Mohammad Babar obtained his MChem from the University of Liverpool in 2017. He then joined the Analytical & Science Technology department at Novartis focussing on GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). In 2018, he joined Manchester Organics Ltd. as a Synthetic Organic Chemist working on route design, process development and the scale up of primarily organofluoride compounds. Since 2019, Mohammad has held various roles at AstraZeneca, currently working flexibly between Process Chemistry and the Large-Scale Laboratory within Early Chemical Development at Macclesfield, UK. His key responsibilities involve developing robust processes of key intermediates & APIs, whilst also planning the accommodation of GMP drug substance manufactures.

Keynote Speaker

Bart Hens (Pfizer)

Keynote Speaker

Professor Claire Thompson, CEO, Agility Life Sciences

Claire is a multi-award winning scientist, strategist and storyteller with more than 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry spanning the large multi-nationals GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, virtual biotech and Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisations (CDMOs). She is CEO of Agility Life Sciences, an award-winning CDMO, consulting and communications firm which works with organisations across the healthcare space to fast track their products to market, raise investment and help them to convey the benefits of their science through impactful communications.

Agility supports biotech clients across the globe in developing formulations for novel drug candidates (small molecules and biologicals) for various routes of administration including oral, ocular, IV, intranasal and topical. Agility’s “Fast Futureproof Formulations” approach means they always start with an end in mind, developing products which enable molecules to be accelerated from discovery to clinic.

Claire is also Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge, where she advises academics on how to translate their research into healthcare products, develop strategic partnerships and source funding. She holds an Honorary Professorship from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, and is Chair of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Women in Science and Education (FIP WiSE) initiative.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-thompson-9b94853/