Wednesday 8th March 2017 is International Women’s Day. At Novartis UK, we are supporting the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in celebrating women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the impact their work has on the future of UK life-sciences.
At Novartis UK we champion diversity and inclusion. We encourage more women to consider STEM careers. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we heard from some of our female associates who have share their stories and thoughts about working in STEM.
Sarah Mouzouris Research and Development Operations Manager at Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd.,Near Patient Testing, Sittingbourne, Kent.
Why did you choose to get involved with the pharmaceutical industry? I became involved in the pharmaceutical industry as a result of a family tragedy. At the time, I made the conscious decision to have a completely fresh start and with that came a change of career and I began working in vitro diagnostics.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange – what would you like to see for women in STEM in the near future? I would like to see an increase in the number of women in senior leadership roles.
What advice would you give to your younger self when you made your first steps to a career in the pharmaceutical industry? Be confident in your decisions and always remember that what you do is making a difference for the better.
Andrea Leonard Global Project Manager at Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd. Near Patient Testing, Sittingbourne, Kent.
About me Hello, I’m Andrea and I work as a Global Project Manager within the Near Patient Testing team based in Sittingbourne, Kent. I work on early stage projects for our novel technology with teams across Novartis as well as external collaborations. I studied Human Biology (BSc) and Nutrition at Kings College, University of London.
Did you always want to work in STEM? I was always interested in science at school and toyed with the idea of pursuing a career in medicine. My main interest was biology, especially in relation to people, and decided to undertake a degree in human biology. I was good at it and enjoyed it so to me it made sense to progress a career in this area.
Why did you choose to get involved with the pharmaceutical industry? For me, it was a natural move to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry where science is the backbone for everything, and the industry offered opportunities to progress into other areas including sales and marketing, management, operations, quality assurance, regulatory and many more.
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