Laura Frost, Bionical Emas, Senior Account Manager – Clinical Trial Supply
Why the interest in clinical research?
Before working at Bionical Emas, I worked for a medical device manufacturer for almost ten years. This role gave me an introduction to the workings of the MHRA and the importance of regulation and the quality standards that drive the pharmaceutical industry. I learnt very quickly that for me the main driving force for my eagerness to be involved in this industry is the opportunity to have a positive impact on medical professionals and ultimately patients. When I saw a graduate role was available at Bionical Emas (back in 2014) it was evident that this was a company following the same message I felt so strongly about. It was exciting to talk to the team about the possibility of learning more about clinical trials and how together we could play a part in delivering potentially life-changing medicines to patients all over the world. The expectations of my career at Bionical Emas have been exceeded and over the past seven years my knowledge of this sector has grown massively along with my enthusiasm for my role – I’m part of an enormously passionate team and am extremely proud to be part of this industry.
What is your greatest professional achievement to date?
Following the journey of a new medicine, from early stage development to watching it be released onto the market for patients’ use. Whilst we are only a tiny cog in the vast machine that results in the new drug being authorised, there is no better feeling than knowing that the work we have completed has had an impact on a patient’s life now that they have access to a drug that was previously unavailable to them. This is a process that takes years of research and hard work from pharmaceutical manufacturers, meaning we don’t see instant results, but the patient is always at the forefront of my mind as we work through the different projects, some of which take years. This way of working is echoed throughout the Bionical Emas team and I think this is evident in the services we offer.
What advice would you offer those thinking of a similar career?
In the ever-changing world of pharmaceuticals you can never know everything, so my advice would be keep researching, as continual learning is key. Ask as many questions as you can and don’t be shy to ask something even if it feels a bit obscure to you, there is no such thing as a stupid question! Research as much as you are able to and get involved with other departments, so you have a true understanding of how the entire process works. I think working in pharma becomes more like a lifestyle rather than just a career and since being in this industry, my interest is often sparked by a relevant news article or a documentary that I can relate to which all adds to your knowledge base. This is certainly a rewarding job that I would recommend to all who are passionate about making a difference for patients.