The Contract Career Path
Sitting Down With... Ian Muir, Managing Director, Aesica, UK.
Ian Muir |
Why the pharma industry?
My father was a retail pharmacist for 35 years. And though we all like to think we make our own choices in life, our parents often have an influence on us! I’d always been interested in science and how things work. I started out in GlaxoSmithKline’s graduate training program, where I worked in operations with Ventolin and Becotide inhalers. My time was actually split between industry and the Royal Liverpool Teaching Hospital, where I was able to experience a hospital pharmacy. I loved the industry side – the variety and scale of industry operations was fascinating. And the 1980s was a great time to enter the industry. Arguably, pharma was at its peak in terms of new launches – blockbusters seemed to launch every year and the industry was building factories as fast as it could. It was a period of tremendous growth and also, I might add, a time when the pharma industry was seen as a shining light… A stark contrast to today when the industry does not have such a good reputation and when consumers seem more willing to spend money on electronics than a tablet to cure disease.
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