Careers in Discovery

Careers in Discovery

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Careers in Discovery is your window into the world of Pharma & Biotech. Featuring interviews each week with leaders in Drug Discovery and R&D, you’ll learn about the careers of these influential figures, the work they are doing, how they got to where they are and what advice they’d give their younger selves. Brought to you by Singular Talent (http://www.singulartalent.io).


Dave Hallett, Exscientia
Mar 25 • 53 min
“True discovery really happens at the interfaces.” Dave Hallett is the Chief Operating Officer of Exscientia, a company at the forefront of applying AI to drug discovery. From starting out as a chemist in big Pharma through commercial and operational…
Tony de Fougerolles, Evox Therapeutics
Mar 11 • 47 min
“If you’re in a research role, and you really understand how a clinical or commercial person thinks, you can bring some of those insights into deciding what drug you want to make and which attributes to focus on.” Tony de Fougerolles is a drug hunter in…
Ross Burn, CatSci
Feb 5 • 42 min
“The first step for any business venture is to make sure you really understand your core value proposition and what the market demands are.” This week on Careers in Discovery, we spoke with Ross Burn, co-founder and CEO of CatSci. We talked to Ross in…
Richard Butt, Apollo Therapeutics
Jan 29 • 41 min
“We have to be sure that the mechanism we’re targeting can be followed through to a disease, and a clinical & medical need. It doesn’t matter if the science is really cool if there’s ultimately nowhere to translate it to, so it’s really important that we…
Darrin Disley, Mogrify
Jan 22 • 57 min
“Think about success as a journey, not a series of destinations, and think about it holistically. You need to get a sense of how you’re doing that’s not defined by others.” Darrin Disley is an ex-professional footballer, scientist, OBE, investor and…
Chris Kirton, Axol Bioscience
Jan 15 • 40 min
“If you’re a scientist and you can look at data; if you can look at a problem and spot the pattern to figure out what the probable solution is, then it’s exactly the same thought process, just applied to Operations.” Chris Kirton’s career started out like…
Ian Wilkinson, Absolute Antibody
Jan 8 • 43 min
“If you’ve got an idea, speak up about it and don’t be afraid to fail.” Welcome back to Careers in Discovery! In our first episode of 2020, we were joined by Ian Wilkinson, Chief Scientific Officer at Absolute Antibody. Through an interview packed with…
Jason Mellad, StartCodon
Dec 18, 2019 • 41 min
“Scientists are the best entrepreneurs, they just don’t realise it. You’re constantly begging for money, asking for your research to be published and speaking at conferences - that’s sales, marketing and PR right there.” For our last episode of 2019,…
Chris Williams, Questae Coaching & Consulting
Dec 11, 2019 • 41 min
“Don’t wait for someone else to manage your career for you, don’t be afraid to experiment with it, and be true to yourself.” Chris Williams started her career as a research scientist at one of the world’s largest Pharmaceutical companies, but as time went…
Gary Allenby, Aurelia Bioscience
Dec 4, 2019 • 53 min
“One shouldn’t underestimate the time it takes to turn a business into a business, how long it takes to actually take a salary out, and how long the road to success can be.” After a career in big Pharma, Gary Allenby and his two co-founders launched…
Alun McCarthy, C4X Discovery
Nov 27, 2019 • 46 min
“Make the jump before you’re forced to. In the end, it’ll probably work out.” Alun McCarthy has spent his career at the very cutting edge of genetics research and its application to drug discovery. With an international career spanning multi-national blue…
Caroline Barelle, Elasmogen
Nov 20, 2019 • 55 min
“Sometimes those horrible moments in life, when you feel crushed, are actually where the best things come from, and they build you as an individual.” Caroline Barelle, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer at Elasmogen, has spent her career in drug discovery,…
Mark Treherne, Cellesce
Nov 13, 2019 • 38 min
“To be successful, you need to maintain focus and not be distracted by technology. Use it, but don’t be driven by it.” Mark Treherne is a highly experienced CEO and Chairman, whose varied career has seen him view the Life Sciences industry from all…
Dan Gooding, Nuformix
Nov 6, 2019 • 40 min
“The magic bullet doesn’t exist. You are the only person who can make the right decisions about you and your career, so you have to take the responsibility.” Dan Gooding is the CEO of Nuformix, a novel drug development company using co-crystal technology…
Emma Sceats, Isogenica
Oct 30, 2019 • 39 min
“In the world we live in today, where everybody’s lives & careers are very visible on social media and the internet, there is this impression that successful people and companies are only ever on an upward trajectory. I think the reality is that building…
Daniel Ives, Shift Bioscience
Oct 23, 2019 • 45 min
“Age is the biggest risk factor for a wide range of diseases, so if we target age, can we also prevent and even reverse these conditions?” This is the question which led Daniel Ives to found Shift Bioscience, an innovative biotech company using…
Steve Gardner, RowAnalytics
Oct 16, 2019 • 50 min
“There’s no-one talented enough to do the whole thing themselves. This is a team game, and you have to ask for help along the way.” Steve Gardner, CEO & founder of RowAnalytics, joined us on the latest episode of Careers in Discovery. After meeting his…
Jonny Wray, e-therapeutics
Oct 9, 2019 • 55 min
“If you want to become a specialist, be a specialist in a biological question rather than a technology. The biology becomes obsolete much more slowly than the technology does.” Jonny Wray is Head of Discovery Informatics at e-therapeutics, a company whose…
Bill Haynes, Novo Nordisk
Sep 25, 2019 • 46 min
“The companies that tend to be the most successful are the ones that leave their scientists alone and allow them to innovate.”. “Just because you’ve spent five or ten years in academia, it doesn’t mean people will pay attention. You have to prove your…
Satnam Surae, Aigenpulse
Sep 11, 2019 • 39 min
“Successful people like to talk about their mistakes more than their successes, because that’s where you learn.” Satnam Surae is the Chief Product Officer at Aigenpulse, an innovative technology business whose platform enables Life Sciences companies to…
Adam Stoten, Oxford University Innovation
Aug 28, 2019 • 38 min
“You expect the technology to work - it’ll cost more and take longer than you think, but it will usually work - but having good management in place is what makes the difference in the success of early stage companies.” Adam Stoten is the Chief Operating…
Phil Jones, BioAscent
Aug 14, 2019 • 40 min
“For me, drug hunting is almost the perfect job. I like chemistry, using it to interact with biological systems is really challenging, and ultimately you’re trying to make something that benefits patients, which is incredibly worthwhile.” This is what…
David Cook, Blueberry Therapeutics
Jul 31, 2019 • 39 min
“It’s a little like a Formula One car - it’s extremely fast, it’s very agile, but you’ve only just got enough fuel to finish the race.” David Cook is the Chief Scientific Officer of Blueberry Therapeutics, a dermatology company using nanotechnology to…
Ajan Reginald, Celixir
Jul 17, 2019 • 47 min
“It’s hard to find what you’re good at and passionate about, unless you put in the work.” We sat down recently with Ajan Reginald, CEO of Celixir, an innovative biotech company who are reversing pathology of currently untreatable conditions through their…
Kristen Albright, Prokarium
Jul 3, 2019 • 28 min
Kristen Albright, Vice President of Business Development & Translational Research at vaccines and immunotherapy company Prokarium, has had a varied career, spanning big Pharma, Biotech, Venture Capital, and working with startups in developing countries.…
Dave Leese, Concept Life Sciences
Jun 12, 2019 • 37 min
“With the right attitude, there’s no reason you can’t adapt and become an expert in anything.” Dave Leese, VP of Chemistry at Concept Life Sciences joined us on the latest episode of Careers in Discovery, in which we discuss: 🔬 how an early interest in…
Grahame McKenzie, PhoreMost
May 29, 2019 • 32 min
Grahame McKenzie is the Chief Scientific Officer of PhoreMost, an innovative Cambridge biotech with a mission to “drug the undruggable” using their proprietary protein interference platform. Grahame joined us to talk about his work and career, including:…
Jon Green, AstraZeneca
May 15, 2019 • 27 min
Jon Green left school with no qualifications and little idea of what his future held - now, he’s the VP & Site General Manager of AstraZeneca’s Granta Park site and Chairman of the biotech networking body One Nucleus. Looking back on an illustrious career…
Benedict Cross, Horizon Discovery
Apr 30, 2019 • 53 min
Benedict Cross, Head of Functional Genomic Screening at Horizon Discovery, joins us this time. Join us as we discuss, among many other things: ❇ Functional Genomics and the impact of CRISPR on drug discovery ❇ Why knowing what NOT to do can be the most…
Prof. Tom Moody, Almac Group
Apr 17, 2019 • 29 min
Professor Tom Moody, VP of Technology Development & Commercialisation at Almac Group joins us this week, and provides a fascinating insight into a career at the cutting edge of chemistry. We discussed: Doing the impossible as part of your job How…
Matt Higgins, Blue Ridge Bioinformatics
Apr 3, 2019 • 23 min
This week we’re joined by Matt Higgins, CEO of Blue Ridge Bioinformatics, a specialist bioinformatics service provider to Pharma & Biotech companies. We covered a lot of ground, including: 💡 The impact of bioinformatics in drug discovery 💡 Catching the…
Zuzanna Brzosko, Sixfold Bioscience
Mar 20, 2019 • 29 min
We’re joined in this episode by Zuzanna Brzosko, CEO of Sixfold Bioscience, an exciting early stage company developing novel drug delivery technologies for Cell & Gene Therapy. Zuzanna shares with us what she’s learned in her first year as a CEO, the…
Ted Fjällman, Prokarium
Mar 6, 2019 • 31 min
We’re joined by Ted Fjallman, CEO of Prokarium, a vaccines and immunotherapy company with some fascinating targets. Ted shares with us his journey from young LEGO builder to the European Space Agency and eventually drug development, the importance of…