The pharmaceutical industry comprises of companies involved in the research and development, manufacturing and supply, and commercialisation of new therapeutic products working to bring the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.
This is a knowledge driven industry, requiring a highly skilled workforce and directly employs over 73,000 people, with over 23,000 of these in research and development. The pharmaceutical industry also indirectly generates at least 200,000 more jobs making it a substantial employer in the UK, and these figures have stayed relatively stable over recent years. As employees in the pharmaceutical industry add more per head to the UK economy than any other sector, employment in the industry is highly valued.
I am in my fourth year of a five-year Masters degree in Chemistry and Drug Discovery at Strathclyde University. I am 10 months into an industrial placement year in a pharmaceutical company.