By Shreya Sharma and Simran Aujla, Year 12
From 25th October to 27th, we were fortunate enough to take part in work experience with GlaxoSmithKline, a global pharmaceutical company which works in the production and distribution of drugs and vaccines on an international level.
During our days there, we were given an insight into the company and the drugs they are currently developing. Each day, we received multiple talks on the different aspects of pharmaceutical science and the process of drug development. We also discussed the importance of pharmacovigilance and the use of animals in research and consumer healthcare, as well as some detrimental diseases which are contemporary in modern medicine like HIV, AIDs and also antimicrobial resistance. From this, we both furthered our knowledge of not only the company but also the industry throughout the invaluable time we spent there.
On the final day, in our teams, we pitched a new drug to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel during our ‘Branding and Marketing’ workshop. The task was to create an innovative drug to relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. There were a wide variety of ideas from each team, each presenting benefits and disadvantages of their drug. The main areas of focus were how the drug was to be administered, the cost, effectiveness, and primary and secondary research. The results showed a narrow difference of three points between first and fifth place. The winning team had a creative idea of using refillable cartridges with different flavours, which were to be inserted in a small bottle and sprayed in the nose. This opportunity was both interesting and enjoyable and helped us develop our public speaking, persuasion and creativity skills.