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The (Secret) Barrier Breaker

How did your career in pharma begin?

I had always wanted to become a doctor. But no plan runs true to course – much to my mother’s relief. She always said it was divine intervention and a blessed relief to the human race that my medical ambitions didn’t come to fruition, as I wasn’t made to look after the sick! I got sucked into the world of immunology while studying at the University of Birmingham. By the time I had finished my PhD, my attentions had turned towards research and it was a case of serendipity that Smith, Kline and French (SK&F) had been looking for an immunologist who understood the effect of drugs on the immune system, as well as their role in blood disorders. At the time the company was small, but was working on big projects that would propel it into international acclaim.

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Maryam Mahdi

Assistant Editor

After finishing my degree, I envisioned a career in science communications. However, life took an unexpected turn and I ended up teaching abroad. Though the experience was amazing and I learned a great deal from it, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Texere. I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me!

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