Yannick

Medicinal Chemist

Joined us in 2006, based in the UK

What makes you, you?

I’ve been away from my French homeland for seven years. Initially a big step, it’s been fantastic for me, both professionally and socially.

What’s the best thing about working here?

There’s a brilliant network I can access. I’m only one phone call from all kinds of scientific knowledge, from biology to pharmacology and computational chemistry.

What are your highlights?

As part of my university degree in Paris, I did a year-long internship with our business in England. After doing a Masters in organic chemistry, I decided to accept a permanent role rather than stay at university and do a PhD. Ironically, I’m now doing a PhD which the company is paying for. I’ve worked on lots of different drugs for respiratory. I’m very proud that one of the first compounds I made five years ago is now being tested on humans for asthma.

How have we supported your development?

I can tap into the knowledge of some of the most influential scientists in the industry. I’m a chemist, but I’ve been assigned a biological mentor, who helps to develop my technical skills in biology. I went on a six-month PULSE assignment in Kenya, supporting an HIV hospital project. This was an eye-opening experience. I met patients who I develop drugs for every day, giving my day job real purpose.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?

It’s a fantastic, inspiring and creative place to work, with one of the industry’s most attractive pipelines.