Personal Career Development

Wednesday 12 February 2020 Career Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry The Royal Society of Medicine, London

Wednesday 12th February 2020
10:00 - 17:00

One Wimpole Street (Royal Society of Medicine)
The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London W1G 0AE


This event is free to attend

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Career Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Hear from experts about the opportunities in both pharmaceutical and healthcare agencies.


A free event for a current student or recent graduate.


The event is free but you will need to complete a registration form and will receive reminders as the event approaches. You will need to reconfirm your intention to attend in the week prior to the event as we will release places to those on the waiting list if you are no longer able to attend. You can contact us directly at

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. There will be a waiting list.
10:00 - 10:30

Registration and Networking

10:30 - 10:40

Welcome & Introduction to the day, structure and learning objectives
Carwyn Jones, Director, PM Society & Senior Partner, OPEN Health

10:40 - 11:10

The changing world of drug development
Richard Baderin, Founder, SOL Life Sciences
What you will learn: Learn about the about drug development process and how it is changing, the rise of science-led novel therapies, and the future direction required by the pharmaceutical industry.

11:10 - 11:40

Heads and hearts – bringing emotion to science
Phil Bartlett, Managing Director & Global Inclusivity & Diversity Lead, CDM London
What you will learn: Looking at the value of emotion in healthcare marketing and some of the ethical, moral and commercial considerations that go with it, as well as what makes working in the industry at the same time rewarding and challenging.

11:40 - 12:00

PANEL - Q&A My advice to graduates (pharma industry)
Craig Bradley, Commercial Lead, Rare Disease, Takeda
Abigail Epstein, Patient Advocacy & Communications Manager, Takeda
Dan Conacher, Digital Director, Allergan
Claire Middleton, Managing Partner, Medical Education, Publicis Health
You will have a chance to ask questions to Senior Executives working within the industry to find out more about their careers in pharmaceutical sales and marketing as well as the wider drug development and commercialisation industry.

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch and Exhibition
Be sure to visit the companies exhibiting in the atrium

13:00 - 13:30

How to get a job with a pharmaceutical company?
Rebecca Land, Talent Acquisition Recruiter for Pfizer UK, Sandwich
Joe Trim, Graduate Trainee, Pfizer
Sue Hergest, Early Careers Recruitment Manager, Pfizer
What you will learn: Understand the best process of how to find out about roles in the pharmaceutical industry, what they are and whether they could be opportunities for you.

13:30 - 14:00

A 360 degree view of the healthcare agency landscape
Rosie Humphreys, Account Director, Radical Departures
What you will learn: Rosie Humphreys will talk to you about her role and others that exist within agencies that support the pharmaceutical industry – as well as how agencies directly and invaluably support pharmaceutical companies.

14:00 - 14:20

Coffee break – why not have your CV reviewed? Speak to the individuals at the stands

14:20 - 14:40

Day in the Life: Agency Account Executive
Nikkita Raghwani, Account Executive, Blue Latitude Health
What you will learn: Hear about a typical day in the role of an Account Executive within an agency. Nikkita was at this event last year so will also be able to share her experience and how she found her role at Blue Latitude.

14:40 - 15:00

Day in the Life: Pharmaceutical Marketing Manager
Shirani Meyer, Brand Lead, Novartis
What you will learn: Hear about a typical day in the role of a Marketing Manager within a pharmaceutical company.

15:00 - 15:30

PANEL - Q & A: My advice to graduates – Healthcare agencies (medical communications)
Alex Panton, Account Executive, Havas Life Medicom
Richard Soler, Account Executive, Havas Life Medicom
Mo Hussain, Account Executive, Syneos Healthcare
Imogen Mortimer, Account Executive, emotive
You will get the chance to ask questions to new graduates working in the industry and how they got to where they are today and advice they may give you.

15:30 - 16:00

Navigating Graduate Applications
Daniel Laghaney, Global Talent Acquisition Manager, OPEN Health
Jennifer Billot, Associate Real World Evidence Consultant, OPEN Health
What you will learn: Daniel and Jennifer will give useful tips when applying for graduate schemes or roles within the industry. What to look for and what to do.

16:00 - 16:05

Closing Remarks
Carwyn Jones, Director, PM Society

16:05 - 17:00

Networking and exhibition


Sarah Nelson from Green Pen Solutions will be producing a Q&A resource for ALL attendees and students looking for careers information.


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