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Interactive workshop with Pfizer gives Oxford’s Industry Fellows the opportunity to put into action the Drug Discovery & Development Process

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Recently Industry Fellows from across the Medical Sciences Division attended a workshop delivered by Dr Nick Clarke, Head of UK Academic Partnerships at the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Organised by the Medical Sciences Business Development Team, the interactive workshop session involved group discussions and simulations of the entire decision making process involved in drug discovery and development.

Participants were invited to work as a team to bring a drug from pre-clinical research through to final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 3D interactive session used a computer programme to simulate the entire spectrum of R&D process based decisions, and the group of industry fellows had to work together to advance the drug candidate forward (or not) in the space of 4 hours. 

'It is surprising how little academic researchers know about the drug development pipeline. This has been very informative and engaging and I would recommend it to students and postdocs.'  - Participant

Industry Fellows are researchers sponsored by industrial partners to undertake collaborative research at the University. There are four Fellowship programs currently running across the Division, supported by Celgene, Novo Nordisk, Elysium and UCB. A recent interview series with these Fellows has revealed the value that many find working with industrial partners.

Celgene Fellow Liliana Cifuentes commented: ‘Working with Celgene as a research fellow has exposed me to a broad range of expertise in industry and has provided valuable access to a scientific network.’ Her comment is echoed by Elysium Fellow Hanlin Zhang: ‘Collaboration with industry is a great way for scientists to translate their discoveries with the help of experts while keeping their own interests in basic science.'

If you are a company interested in supporting fellowships please contact Industry Partnerships Manager Charlotte Bell. 

If you are a researcher interested in becoming a fellow please visit the Business Development Team pages