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Eunyoung Lee – University of Reading

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Eunyoung Lee

Eunyoung Lee graduated from the Reading School of Pharmacy after studying for the MPharm in 2015. Since leaving, her career in pharmaceutical industry has gone from strength to strength, and she is a positive example of what can be achieved after receiving a degree from the University of Reading.

After graduating, Eunyoung Lee has rapidly progressed at GlaxoSmithKline. She started as a Pre-Reg Pharmacist in 2015, moved into a Supply Chain Development Lead role in 2016, and has been promoted to Clinical Development Manager in 2017.

"The teaching at the Reading School of Pharmacy provided strong grounding for research and development. For example, the Medicine Design project: we planned the development of a new drug product and then promoted it. I gained hands-on research experience through the University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP), and my research project findings were published in an academic journal and presented to an audience of pharmacists and academics, including the president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society."

Developing incredible careers in industry

Our MPharm graduates go on to have amazing careers within the pharmaceutical industry, as Eunyoung demonstrates. She has been promoted within GlaxoSmithKline twice in the two years she's been there, and is working on groundbreaking clinical trials.

"Following my pre-reg training, I carried on in the GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Trial Supplies department as part of the Oncology Team. Since then I have been promoted to a Clinical Development Manager position in the Clinical department and I'm part of the Cardiovascular Team. In my new role I manage the entire process of conducting large Phase 3 clinical trials, which are exploring a new investigational product for anaemia."

Degree learning which stretches into the future

In her role at GlaxoSmithKline, Eunyoung interacts with doctors and nurses who conduct clinical trials at their local sites, which included a trip to Madrid to meet country representatives from all over the world.

"This role requires strong communication skills to interact closely with various team members, including the core team, third party vendors and representatives from 15 countries that the trial will be conducted in. Time management and problem solving skills are essential to ensure that planned milestones are met. My pharmacy background helps me to interpret the clinical protocol, which the team work to implement. Pharmacists are valued in the pharmaceutical industry and I am grateful for the skills and experiences I have gained through this career path so far."

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