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Industry Insights Your Future in Science and Health Employer Panel

Industry Insights Your Future in Science and Health

Listen back for our Employer Panel Your Future in Science and Health.

If you're passionate about making a real difference to people's lives, then a career in the science and health sector could be for you.

The pandemic has put the world’s healthcare professionals centre stage, but aside from vocational roles in medicine, pharmacy and nursing, there are a wide variety of graduate roles.

There are also hundreds of science and pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK and Ireland and many regularly feature in top graduate employer rankings, with graduate roles available in commercial areas such as IT, finance and human resources (HR), as well as in science and research.

Meet our panel of key players from the health and life sciences industry.

Employer Panel for Your Future in Science and Health

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Dr Rob Grundy, Chair of Matrix - Northern Ireland's Science and Technology Panel

Dr Robert Grundy has spent over 20 years in Pharma and Biotech beginning in drug discovery and development at Schering-Plough and GlaxoSmithKline. Rob served as CSO with Cerebricon before becoming a founding member of Almac Discovery in 2008, contributing significantly to the establishment and growth of the business. 

In 2014 Rob founded Anglezarke Life Sciences, a commercialisation and growth strategy consultancy. 

Rob has served as CEO of ReVana Therapeutics, CIGA Healthcare and Health Innovation Research Alliance Northern Ireland. 

Rob currently serves as VP of MIRA Life Science Ventures and Chairs Matrix,  the Science and Technology policy panel for the Northern Ireland Government. 


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Frances Weldon, STEM outreach Manager at ALMAC Group

Dr Frances Weldon is STEM Outreach Manager at Almac Group.

Her role is focussed on the development and delivery of activities across primary, post-primary and third level education sectors to raise awareness about STEM, the many exciting and rewarding careers available at Almac and to support students in making decisions regarding their subject choices and potential career paths.

She has led initiatives such as Almac’s Pathway® programme at W5 and Almac’s Virtual Work Experience Hub to inform and inspire post-primary pupils about careers in the pharmaceutical industry. Frances graduated from Dublin City University with a 1st Class B.Sc. (Hons) in Analytical Science and then a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.

Before taking up her current role, she worked in Almac Sciences’ Analytical Department for 12 years and held teaching and research support roles in Dublin City University and Queen’s University Belfast.

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Gerry Kindlon, Head of Government Relations for Seagate in Europe

Gerry is currently Head of Government Relations for Seagate in Europe. He has been with Seagate since 1993 and has experience in managing operations, engineering, product management and data analytics.

He has previous experience in the semiconductor, automotive and healthcare sectors. He is a strong advocate of social responsibility and community leadership with a highly developed personal network across local and national government, education and business organizations.

He is a non-executive director of Catalyst. He is a Council member of the CBI and the Northen Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

He has a keen interest in sport and is the current chairman of Oxford United Stars FC in Derry.

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Founded in 2009, Exploristics has been delivering innovative analytics solutions to the life sciences sector for over ten years.

With in-depth experience of the challenges of life science research, they offer innovation and a fresh perspective to biostatistics support for clinical development.

Exploristics speaker details will be confirmed in the coming days. 

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WuXi Biologics

WuXi Biologics are a leading global open-access biologics technology platform offering end-to-end solutions to empower organizations to discover, develop and manufacture biologics from concept to commercial manufacturing.

WuXi Biologics speaker details will be confirmed in the coming days.