IAX Enterprise Training Workshops


The Industry and Academia Exchange (IAX) Programme has been set up  to reduce barriers between academia and industry engagement.  This workshops series will be presented by industry specialists and cover all aspects of commercialising your research.



What is it like to work in GSK Big Pharma - 16 May 2019 1030-1200, 0.31 George Davies Centre

Followed by a hot lunch 1200-1300.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for a large Pharmaceutical company such as GlaxoSmithKline?  What’s a “typical” working day and what are the opportunities and constraints of working in a such an organisation? How are decisions made about what to work on and when to start and stop?  What does academia look like from within big pharma and what does GSK look for in an academic collaborative partner? To get at least some insight to these questions and many more and to discuss how we can bring academia and the life-science industries closer together, come along to this informal, interactive session with Dr Mark Bamford, Discovery Partnerships Leader at GlaxoSmithKline.

Mark originally trained to PhD level in synthetic organic chemistry, then joined Glaxo where he gained medicinal chemistry experience across a range of chemistries, projects and therapy areas. He progressed to lead many multi-disciplinary project teams in early drug discovery, ranging from exploratory target identification and Hits-to-leads projects, through delivery of clinical development candidate molecules, to translational work in early clinical trials. Now, with nearly 30 years drug discovery experience, Mark is Director and Discovery Partnership Leader with Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) at GlaxoSmithKline.  DPAc aims to bring together the insight and creativity of the academic world with the drug discovery expertise of GSK and so establish truly integrated partnerships that can translate innovative research into medicines that benefit patients.



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