GlaxoSmithKline Medics Recruitment Lounge at ILC15

KCL Innovation Forum, in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), are offering an excellent opportunity for medics to apply for GSK’s prestigious Medics Leadership Programme having secured 12 interview spots with the GSK recruiters.

GSK will be hosting a Recruitment Lounge for their prestigious Future Leadership Programme for Medics during the Innovation Leaders Conference (ILC) in Cambridge (16-17 April).

If you are a medical student or young medical professional, send your CV to by Wednesday 15th of April at 09.00.

This is a competitive application process and the top 12 applicants will be invited for an interview during the ILC (with chief executives and directors of leading pharma industry and medical centres).

Candidates who are invited for an interview will have the opportunity to register (on the day) and attend the conference for that day.

Date and Time: 16th and 17th April 2015 – 12:00PM – 2:00PM (15 min time slot per participant) – Cambridge Judge Business School.

Part-time consultancy project?

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”Situational Analysis of the Diabetes Market for Top-5 Pharma”

Interested in gaining business experience and demonstrating your ability to solve real-life commercial problems to future employers?

At Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable we’re pleased to offer PhD students/postdocs the chance to apply for a part-time consultancy project for a top-5 global pharma company.

The project will include direct client contact and will be mentored by an experienced consulting professional. The project will be conducted during the period: 3rd April – 12th June 2013

You need to be a post-graduate student (PhD, Masters, etc.), post-doc or recent graduate at a London-based institution. Preference given to candidates with experience in: Medicine, Immunology, Stem Cell Therapy, Diabetes Research, Clinical Development, or any field related to these areas.  Previous consulting or industry experience is not a requirement but desirable.

You can find out more here or apply directly here

The application deadline is 21st March 2013
Interviews will be held on 23rd and 24th March 2013, please be sure you are available on one of these dates.

Career Spotlight: Life Science Consulting

Last week’s Spotlight feel on ex-KCL post-doc Muneer Ahmad, now a senior strategist at Lifescience Dynamics.  He gave a very detailed insight into his work and that of life science consultancies generally.

How did he get into consulting?

Whilst doing his PhD (at Imperial), Muneer ‘bumped into’ someone who was VP of a consulting company, at a conference.  This led to him doing some work editing business intelligence reports about drugs and possible markets.  He examined questions such as how did patients with cardio-vascular disease get diagnosed, how did they get treate, how patients complied or not with their medicine; all information that would help figure out how a market would develop.

He then worked for Oliver Wyman as a risk consultant, and then, on redundancy, took a role looking at prescription data with another firm.  All this experience served to make him an attractive candidate at Lifescience Dynamics.

What are the similarities and differences between business and science?

Both are about solving problems.  Both want to know a ‘truth’.  But business does not have the luxury of time; so you are looking to get the best answer within a given time, efficiently and effectively.  In both, you have to be a team-worker.  In business you are having to use your judgement more often, given that often you are not working with complete data.

What does Lifescience Dynamics do?

Active in over 80 countries, they have worked with the top 20 pharma companies on over 400 projects.  There are three main themes to their work:

1)  Competitor Intelligence.  Looking at pricing, understanding the pipeline, conducting interviews with contacts, finding out what stage clinical trials are at.  You might conduct ‘war games’ for a client, where you simulate what would happen if a competitor released a drug on the market and you would ‘develop a playbook’ of possible outcomes.

2) Market Research.  You are now not just ‘dumping data’ on the clients but also having to provide interpretation: answering ‘so what?’ for the clients.

3)  Market Access: covering pricing and reimbursement.  It used to be that decisions about what drug to prescribe were made by GPs; now more often these decisions are made at PCT/SHA level to give a formulary to their GPs.  You can say the market has gone from being prescriber-led to payer-led.

What is an analyst’s typical day like?

One project might need two or three analysts, one senior consultant and one project manager.  Imagine you had been given the task of writing a two page document on rheumatoid arthritis.  You would spend the day researching data, possibly creating a survey questionnaire, possibly talking to PIs working in the field.  You might be taken to client meetings where you would have to be sensitive to cultural differences (you may have been asked to research across 5-8 countries). ‘Be brief.  Be bright.  Be gone.’ is the consultant’s mantra!

PhD entry?

Many of his colleagues have scientific and PhD backgrounds.  You are always likely to start at the bottom (think of working as a freelance in disease information).  Your bosses may be younger than you.  But ‘clients love PhDs’!

Protein Biochemist – Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)

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Recruiter: Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd
Salary: TBC
Location: Horsham
Job sector: Scientific Services
Job type: Permanent
Date posted: 25/09/2012
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Protein Biochemist to join the Respiratory Disease Area responsible for supporting research activities in target and drug discovery, focusing primarily on biotherapeutics.