ApconiX welcomes Olivia Turner to the team. Olivia has just finished her second year studying Biomedical Sciences at The University of Sheffield and will be working at ApconiX as an industry placement student until Christmas. She will then join Aptus Clinical and continue her placement until the end of June.
Choosing to take the Physiology and Pharmacology option in her second year, Olivia was keen to gain a greater understanding of the pharmaceutical industry. With enough experience she hopes to be able to finish her degree and move straight to studying for a Ph.D.
Olivia has already completed a funded SureScheme summer placement with Dr Daniel Humphreys researching into the localisation of DNA damage when treated with typhoid toxin.
A placement year in industry gives Olivia the opportunity to explore the varied possible career paths open in business – many Olivia didn’t realise existed. At ApconiX she will gain experience of drug safety including searching publicly available literature, target safety assessments and the ion channel laboratory, as both a research and a high-quality service facility.
Olivia commented, “This is a great opportunity to work at ApconiX and gain lots of experience that I can apply in my future studies. It is so inspiring to be working with team of professionals who know so much about their fields”.
Dr Richard Knight, Director and co-founder added, “Olivia is proving to be a great addition to the team already. Her enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to take on new tasks have been great to see. We really do appreciate giving students this experience. It provides us with a chance to help the scientists of the future gain invaluable insight to the world of drug development”.