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A free event for students or recent graduates

On the 12th February, the PM Society hosted its second event for students and graduates who want to find out more about career opportunities with the healthcare industry.

The event aimed to showcase the diverse range of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, whether that be in marketing, brand management or agency account management.

Delegates also had the chance to hear from industry experts share their career journeys, ask questions to the panel and network with potential and industry peers.


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  • 10:00 am

    Registration and Networking

  • 10:30 am

    Welcome & Introduction to the day, structure and learning objectives

    Carwyn Jones, Director, PM Society & Senior Partner, OPEN Health

  • 10:40 am

    The changing world of drug development

    Richard Baderin, Founder, SOL Life Sciences

    What you will learn: Learn about the about drug development process and how it is changing, the rise of science-led novel therapies, and the future direction required by the pharmaceutical industry.

  • 11:10 am

    Heads and hearts – bringing emotion to science

    Phil Bartlett, Managing Director & Global Inclusivity & Diversity Lead, CDM London

    What you will learn: Looking at the value of emotion in healthcare marketing and some of the ethical, moral and commercial considerations that go with it, as well as what makes working in the industry at the same time rewarding and challenging.

  • 11:40 am

    PANEL – Q&A My advice to graduates (pharma industry)

    • Craig Bradley, Commercial Lead, Rare Disease, Takeda
    • Abigail Epstein, Patient Advocacy & Communications Manager, Takeda
    • Dan Conacher, Digital Director, Allergan
    • Claire Middleton, Managing Partner, Medical Education, Publicis Health

    You will have a chance to ask questions to Senior Executives working within the industry to find out more about their careers in pharmaceutical sales and marketing as well as the wider drug development and commercialisation industry.

  • 12:00 pm

    Lunch and Exhibition

    Be sure to visit the companies exhibiting in the atrium

  • 1:00 pm

    How to get a job with a pharmaceutical company?

    • Rebecca Land, Talent Acquisition Recruiter for Pfizer UK, Sandwich
    • Joe Trim, Graduate Trainee, Pfizer
    • Sue Hergest, Early Careers Recruitment Manager, Pfizer

    What you will learn: Understand the best process of how to find out about roles in the pharmaceutical industry, what they are and whether they could be opportunities for you.

  • 1:30 pm

    A 360 degree view of the healthcare agency landscape

    Rosie Humphreys, Account Director, Radical Departures

    What you will learn: Rosie Humphreys will talk to you about her role and others that exist within agencies that support the pharmaceutical industry – as well as how agencies directly and invaluably support pharmaceutical companies.

  • 2:00 pm

    Coffee break

    Why not have your CV reviewed? Speak to the individuals at the stands

  • 2:20 pm

    Day in the Life: Agency Account Executive

    Nikkita Raghwani, Account Executive, Blue Latitude Health

    What you will learn: Hear about a typical day in the role of an Account Executive within an agency. Nikkita was at this event last year so will also be able to share her experience and how she found her role at Blue Latitude.

  • 2:40 pm

    Day in the Life: Pharmaceutical Marketing Manager

    Shirani Meyer, Brand Lead, Novartis

    What you will learn: Hear about a typical day in the role of a Marketing Manager within a pharmaceutical company.

  • 3:00 pm

    PANEL – Q&A: My advice to graduates – Healthcare agencies (medical communications)

    • Alex Panton, Account Executive, Havas Life Medicom
    • Richard Soler, Account Executive, Havas Life Medicom
    • Mo Hussain, Account Executive, Syneos Healthcare
    • Imogen Mortimer, Account Executive, emotive

    You will get the chance to ask questions to new graduates working in the industry and how they got to where they are today and advice they may give you.

  • 3:30 pm

    Navigating Graduate Applications

    • Daniel Laghaney, Global Talent Acquisition Manager, OPEN Health
    • Jennifer Billot, Associate Real World Evidence Consultant, OPEN Health

    What you will learn: Daniel and Jennifer will give useful tips when applying for graduate schemes or roles within the industry. What to look for and what to do.

  • 4:00 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Carwyn Jones, Director, PM Society

  • 4:05 pm

    Networking and exhibition

Event details

Wed 12th February
10:30 am - 5:00 pm


Alexandra Hankinson
01403 264898


Royal Society Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London, W1G 0AE United Kingdom
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