It came as a wee bit (my nod to Alexander Fleming, pictured) of a surprise to me that to-be graduates are being discouraged from pursuing a career in the Pharmaceutical sector.
John Kearney, president of Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry writes in an insightful article that the Pharmaceutical industry is still very much alive and kicking. Still very much in need for innovative, energetic challengers of the norm to maintain the curiosity and desire to stop people dying prematurely, with cancer and heart disease among the usual suspects. Quite the polar opposite of the notion that 'the golden age of research is over'. With bacteria and diseases always changing and evolving, there is a constant need for the industry to keep up with demands and continue creating and developing new and novel ways to combat diseases.
Coming from a recruitment perspective, this is an exciting time to join the industry. Yes, it will be hard work. And yes, there will be ups and down. But how exciting is it to work in an industry that, across all levels of seniority, share a common goal, or purpose? A purpose that makes you get out of bed in the morning.
The research and development process for new medicines is a lengthy, challenging and complex process. It can take more than ten years to develop a new medicine. Biopharmaceutical researchers are working to significantly compress that timeline for Ebola and Zika, and are making progress on understanding and fighting these devastating diseases. The next generation of researchers and innovators will be key in shaping how we fight disease and improve health. Tomorrow’s scientists have some of the greatest opportunities yet to advance the health of patients. Our best days are ahead of us. The door is very much open to those men and women who want to join an industry full of people committed to making the greatest difference to people’s lives – through improving their health. It is time to get that message out there.