Working for LifeArc has been a breath of fresh air. We are driven in all that we do by our charitable objectives, which is part of what initially attracted me to the role. LifeArc encourages a highly collaborative culture and I'm surrounded by technical experts, which is really helpful when working on challenging issues. I most enjoy the variety in my role, which provides plenty of opportunity for professional development.
When I joined LifeArc I was immediately struck by the friendly, welcoming and supportive culture of the organisation. Personal growth is greatly emphasised and since joining I’ve received development in very diverse areas, such as financial management, licensing and venture creation as well as being involved in a wide range of fascinating science projects. These projects have been heavily involved and despite being outside of my comfort zone I have greatly enhanced my knowledge of technology transfer.
LifeArc has provided me with opportunities to expand my interests, knowledge and responsibilities into new areas of science. I enjoy working where drug discovery research and charitable status are intertwined, and where there is a significant emphasis on collaboration, both in-house and with external partners. I’ve worked on a diverse range of stimulating and challenging multi-disciplinary projects with great colleagues, in very well-equipped labs and surroundings and very much feel that my contribution is valued.
Since joining LifeArc, my knowledge of intellectual property has broadened as I have been able to learn about different aspects and how other parties are involved, such as licensees and contributors. We are encouraged to challenge ourselves and speak up if we think something could be improved and I personally have been encouraged to take on more responsibility since joining. LifeArc is an open and friendly place where people are really interested in helping you. It is nice to work somewhere where people are passionate about the end result, trying to find and develop science that can really help people – especially the rare diseases.
I chose to join LifeArc after graduating from my chemistry degree because they are different. They bring together great scientific minds from across the globe and unite them with a common ethos; to help mankind. As a charity we have the opportunity to target treatments for diseases wherever the need is greatest. This allows us to have a significant impact and personally allows me to work on a diverse range of disease areas and targets. It has been a pleasure to start my scientific career at LifeArc.
LifeArc has given me fantastic opportunities for career development due to its dynamic and innovative working environment. The open plan working setting creates good opportunities for communications across both various departments and management layers, and the work ethos is very much a mixture of both academic and industrial elements which in my opinion makes this an ideal work place for a scientist.
I joined LifeArc following my PhD and am grateful for the opportunities that it has provided. The culture is incredibly supportive, valuing every employee as an individual, and the atmosphere in the offices and labs is very friendly and collaborative. The immediate impact our work has on patient lives through promoting the translation of early-stage drug discovery from bench to bedside and the breadth of research areas I am exposed to as part of my role are two key aspects that make my job incredibly rewarding.
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