Les has over 30 years’ experience in a range of roles in the pharmaceutical industry, starting as a medicinal chemist, and is currently applying his knowledge as a consultant.

During his time at AstraZeneca, Les led groups responsible for the discovery of candidate drugs in oncology and infection. In this role he oversaw the delivery of >50 projects into pre-clinical testing, with three drugs already on the market. Managed teams in the US, Europe and Asia gave him a global perspective on the pharmaceutical industry.

In addition to his experience of delivering successful candidate drugs, Les also has experience of portfolio management, strategy development and the clinical and commercial considerations that are important for delivering successful drugs into the market

Les was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003.

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