GSK and RA trials on Apple ResearchKit

Apple is also partnering with pharmaceutical companies, in order to implement their new medical platform, ResearchKit. The software is used to design diagnostic tools for clinical trials and studies. In July 2016, GSK partnered with Apple to create an app that will track symptoms of patients who are affected with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients will …more

Partnerships between Tech and Pharma

Get ready for more drug ads: Facebook is making a bid for pharma dollars Facebook has partnered up with Bayer and promoted one of their drugs for multiple sclerosis, Betaseron, last month. The social media giant has been attempting to partner with other pharmaceutical companies and agree on promotion products. Profits aside, Facebook wishes …more

Translating Science Into Business

  The first session of the event on the 27th Of October was run in collaboration with the Science Innovation Union, and consisted of a bio-entrepreneurship course, “Platforms for Translating Research”, during which Dr. Amir Gander gave us his insight on how to find appropriate platforms in order to get scientific research known to …more

Deloitte- Simon Hammett

Our first guest lecture of the year, on the 4th October 2016, delivered by former Deloitte strategy consultant, Simon Hammett. During his 20+ years of work with the company, he was responsible for advising clients on their most complex strategic business challenges- working primarily in the departments of pharmaceuticals, healthcare and medical technology. The …more

Antibiotic resistance

We’ve been hearing it everywhere for the last few years, and its considered an uncontrollable event; Antibiotic Resistance. As Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Office for England) stated at one of her conference talks at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on October 7th 2016, “We risk turning back the clock to the pre-antibiotic …more

Can the placebo effect really work without Deception?

Studies around placebo pills rely on deception. This study did the opposite; participants knew they were taking placebo pills. Surprisingly, patients treated with the placebo had better results in term of drug efficacy than patients treated only with the drug. However, this study was deceitful in a different manner. It was advertised as a …more

FDA deals blow to AstraZeneca cancer drug

AstraZeneca’s (AZ) immunotherapy drug has been studied to cure neck and head cancer as an alternative to chemotherapy. The FDA recently halted AstraZeneca’s clinical trials for their new immunotherapy drug durvalumab after investigators tracked bleeding events of certain patients. In order to mitigate the negative pressure that this halt exerted on AZ’s financial health …more

How to Win Placements and Influence Employers

Charlie Winter GSK, Merck, AZ Charlie Winter is a pharmacy graduate from the UCL School of Pharmacy and has landed placements in big pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline. He delivered a talk on the 16th of February in the School of Pharmacy,about his experience and how he managed to secure such great placements. He gave advice on how to prepare …more

Careers: from Pharma Stock Trading to Government Consulting

Prof. Ratcliffe Astra Zeneca The first talk of 2016 was given by Professor Nigel Ratcliffe, Head of Keele University School of Pharmacy, on the 26th of January. Professor Ratcliffe has had over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held 5 Global Vice President positions within AstraZeneca, his last being Global Vice President of Strategic Partnering …more

Go Big 「Pharma」, or Go Home?

Dr. Angell GSK, Arrow Therapeutics The UCLU Pharmaceutical Society’s second event was held again, at the School of Pharmacy, on Tuesday 17 November. Dr Richard Angell delivered a talk on his experience and how the sector of drug discovery progresses. Dr Richard Angell, having worked for GlaxoSmithKline and Arrow Therapeutics Ltd, was an experienced scientist in …more