Name: Luke Devey
Job: Director of Translational Medicine at GSK
Source: Soapbox Science blog [original post from July 2013]
Before I could consider working in pharma, I needed to answer a lot of thorny questions in my own mind. Was pharma ethical? Was I ‘selling out’? Would the science be worthwhile? Was this a smart career move for a clinical academic? Was there opportunity for progression? What would I learn in industry? And, finally, were there going to be credible outputs from my work? In other words, all of the same questions anyone who has been embedded in the National Health Service (NHS) and university sector for their whole careers would pose.