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Having graduated with a master’s degree in Biological Sciences, I landed myself a role in the Delegate Acquisition team at Hanson Wade, curating audiences for life science conferences. This provided me with solid foundations in various core skills, from relationship-building to cross-functional teamwork. Most importantly, the role exposed me to other opportunities within Hanson Wade, which led me to join the Beacon team.
Beacon is a Hanson Wade product that provides clinical trial and drug data to help drug developers make better-informed decisions. I joined as a Scientific Researcher in March 2019 when a new module covering adoptive cell therapies was being produced. I gained responsibility quickly in typical Beacon style and have since launched and maintained the Adoptive Cell database, watching it develop into a successful product.
Two years down the line, with the support of a strong team and continuous development opportunities, I am now Principal Analyst and manage a team of researchers producing new modules. The balance of project management, people management, and scientific understanding keeps me consistently challenged and provides a sense of achievement. All of this alongside a positive, friendly, and supportive working environment was created by many wonderful Waders.
After completing an MSc in Drug Discovery, I knew I wanted to develop my career in drug development, so when the opportunity to join Beacon arose, a preclinical and clinical trial database, then a small start-up within Hanson Wade, it was the perfect fit.
With the chance to work in a small, dynamic team, I was offered the opportunity to learn, grow and progress fast, both professionally and personally.
As a researcher, I was rapidly able to gain subject expertise within the targeted oncology therapy space, traveling and presenting at international conferences and training and managing a fast-growing off-shore research team.
With the success of Beacon over the last few years, the database has rapidly expanded to cover more therapeutic areas. With this growth came the opportunity to work as part of the product development team, where I now work as the senior module producer, regularly speaking to stakeholders in diverse therapeutic areas to understand their challenges, informing the build of our new Beacon databases.
Thus far, my journey at Hanson Wade has exposed me to a working environment that leans on transparency and where feedback is encouraged.
When I first started at Hanson Wade (four years ago now!) I was immediately introduced to a vibrant working environment, surrounded by the smartest and most inspiring group of people. Lunchtimes and work socials are where I got to know most waders, many of whom I know get to call friends!
My background is in biochemistry, and while I always enjoyed scientific lab projects and learning about scientific theory, I had always wanted to tie this into a commercial role. Hanson Wade has helped me translate this desire, which has led to me being an account manager responsible for two of Beacon’s modules.
After graduating from university, I first came across Hanson Wade, where the delegate sales roles fitted my desire to tie my life science background with a commercial responsibility. When joining the delegate acquisition team, I immediately gained the responsibility for the delegate sales of my event, allowing me to gain invaluable experience in managing my outreach while advancing my skills via insight-led conversations with directors and c-suite individuals in the drug development community.
After a few months with the Delegate Acquisition team, I transitioned into the Beacon team, which focuses on providing drug developers a comprehensive picture of the specific therapeutic areas they work in to aid in strategic decision making. The Beacon setup has not only provided me with a significant challenge by stepping into a more technical sales role but also a strong sense of reward as it has allowed me to progress not only my sales process and position within the team but also gave me a more profound understanding in the drug development process of both biotechs and large pharma.
My experience at Hanson Wade continues to be highly positive and something I am grateful for. I relish the opportunity to claim responsibility for my progression while having a supportive management team that allows me to evolve my skill set while working closely with oncology drug developers. This, coupled with the active social life and a strong culture of Hanson Wade, has made it somewhere I continue to enjoy progressing my career.
We specialize in creating disruptive information products drawn from the collective experience of leading scientists. Our Beacon data and intelligence services are highly regarded by the world’s biggest and best drug developers, including Merck, AstraZeneca, Abbvie, Genentech, and many more.
As such, you can experience the following:
• High reward and development in a fast-paced agile environment that supercharges your career.
• Opportunities to explore your career growth and the direction it goes.
• Work with companies across the globe to help them find solutions to their drug development questions
• Participate in conferences where the leaders of their respective fields gather to discuss their challenges and successes in one forum.
• Join a team rich in diversity, talent, and culture that naturally supports one another through every aspect of the business
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