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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 8th April 2021

13.00Welcome: New Scientist Focus Group (NSFG) Committee

13.15- Why I am (STILL) excited to be working in the Pharmaceutical Industry!

Jo Craig (APS Chair/ NeRRe & KaNDy Therapeutics)

13.45- A Day in the Life

Short presentations and Q&A

Avnee Vaghjiani-Pfizer

Bethany Cameron-AstraZeneca

Freya King-GSK

Gareth Williams-UCL

1430 – Medicines to Market-Session 1

An interactive drug development game.-Mei Wong-Pfizer


1530-Career satisfaction 101
Bill Dawson (Bionet)

1600- Medicines to Market-Session 2

An interactive drug development game-Mei Wong (Pfizer)

1630- Pharmaceutical Question Time
A chance to ask questions on careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry


New Scientist Focus Group Committee

1700- Close

Jo Craig -APS Chair/ NeRRe & KaNDy Therapeutics

Jo is a Pharmacist and has spent her entire career working in the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on pharmaceutical development, product quality and the introduction of new manufacturing technologies. She is currently Senior Vice President CMC (Chemistry Manufacturing & Controls) for two clinical stage biotech companies, NeRRe and KaNDy Therapeutics, located at the Stevenage Biosciences Catalyst, a role she has held since Summer 2018. Previously, Jo spent over 30 years at GlaxoSmithKline where her career spanned many leadership roles in CMC product development, most recently as Vice President of Technology & Strategy, Product Development & Supply. Jo continues to be involved with the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) where she has been influential in aligning Pharma and UK Government on future areas for investment. Jo is an Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UK and has been an Advisor to the APS Board for several years.

Bill Dawson- Bionet

Bill Dawson is a previous Chair of APS and is now an Advisory Board member with responsibility for the accreditation process. His career was primarily in industry, mostly as Research Director for Eli Lilly and Co in the UK but has been an academic and a community pharmacist. Currently he runs a health care consultancy advising universities and SMEs on development and commercialisation of new medicines and devices. He is a visiting professor at the universities of Durham and Nottingham and is an external adviser to Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, an open innovation campus.

Mei Wong-Pfizer

Mei is a Senior Principal Scientist within the Drug Product Design group at Pfizer. She has over 10 years of formulation development experience across all the different stages of drug product development, from pre-clinical to commercialisation. She is a pharmacist by training and has a Pharmaceutics PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London.

Matt Reason-GSK

Matt is a Pharmaceutical Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline. Matt graduated from Bath University with a degree in Pharmacy in 1997 and completed a PhD in Pharmaceutics at De Montfort University in 2003 under Dr Geoff Smith. In 2002 he joined GlaxoSmithKline in Product Development specialising in the development of inhaled products. During his career at GSK, Matt has worked in both the research and development and manufacturing side of the organisation. In his current role, Matt provides technical support to GSK’s global network of manufacturing sites.

Matt became a member of the New Scientist Focus Group of the APS in 2001 and has enjoyed the opportunities it has afforded him to interact with emerging scientists while expanding his own professional network.

Laura Waters- Huddersfield University

Laura has an active research group investigating phenomena at the interface of chemistry and pharmaceutics, developing analytical techniques, characterising chemical interactions and enhancing formulations. Laura is passionate about public engagement and often undertakes public lectures and media presentations, having appeared on Channel 4, BBC1, BBC2 and several radio programmes such as Woman’s Hour, Radio 4. Laura has been involved in the NSFG for several years and is keen to encourage students and postgraduates to network to maximise their opportunities in pharmaceutical science.

Bethany Cameron-Formulation Scientist

Bethany is a Formulation Scientist working in late-stage parenteral product development at AstraZeneca. After graduating from Keele University in 2017 where she studied Pharmacy, Bethany undertook a split Industry-Hospital pre-registration training year. Following on from this, Bethany gained a place on the rotational Pharmaceutical Technology & Development Graduate Scheme at AstraZeneca gaining experience in Clinical Supply Chain, Planning and Control and Digital Therapeutics.

Freya King-Regulatory Affairs-GSK

Freya is a qualified pharmacist graduating from Cardiff University in 2015. After completion of a split Industry/hospital pre-registration placement, she joined GSK as part of their Future Leaders graduate programme, based in manufacturing. On the programme, she rotated across three varied technical roles, gaining invaluable insight into different areas of the business. Upon completion of the graduate programme, Freya moved into Regulatory Affairs, where she currently works in the Small Molecules Mature Products team, ensuring the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) aspects of drug product licences remain in compliance, in turn allowing the continued supply of medicines globally.

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For all non-members £20 + vat


APS Members (code available from Members Hub for FREE access) (April 8th Webinar)



Non-Members – Students and Early Careers (April 8th Webinar)



Non-Members – Others (April 8th Webinar)




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