A Day in the Life of a Scientific Lead

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After completing a degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of East Anglia, Kate started her career in Medical Communications in 2010 as a Trainee Medical Writer. She went on to work for companies such as Chameleon Communications and 90TEN, becoming experienced in a wide range of therapy areas including immunology, cardiovascular diseases and haematology. She joined emotive last year as Scientific Lead and has become an integral part of the team, providing direction, overseeing the day-to-day running of multiple accounts and, more recently, specialising in scientific strategy for companies releasing new therapies. We caught up with her to find out what she gets up to each day.  

What are you responsible for?  

There are two sides to my daily responsibilities – one side of it is reviewing other people’s work, providing direction on projects and general team management. The other branch involves providing Medical Affairs and Commercial strategy for a small biotech company to help them plan for the release of their product. This side of my job has grown considerably and probably accounts for about 70% of my work right now.  

Talk me through your typical day. 

The first thing I do when I wake up is tend to Suki, my kitten. I get the bus into work to avoid getting the tube and I like to learn French on DuoLingo on my commute (otherwise it sends me notifications telling me I’m slipping off the leader board!) Once I get into work, I check my emails, make a coffee and have breakfast and then start work or go into meetings. It’s difficult to say because each day is different, but I usually have lots of calls with clients and line manager duties to find out how things are going with the other writers. In the evenings I like to go to some sort of class; either pilates, barre or yoga. It helps me unwind after a long day.  

Describe a favourite project you’ve worked on.

My absolute favourite project was when I first started working at emotive. I was given a pitch to work on which was terrifying because I had just joined but I also really wanted to be given a challenge. It was a really interesting pitch for childhood epilepsy- the whole experience was great and highlighted to me my interest in scientific strategy.  

What do you love most about your job at emotive?  

The fact that people are not clearly defined by their job titles. People get the opportunity to do stuff that in a larger, more rigid company structure they wouldn’t have the chance to do. I like that emotive is willing to give people a shot and throw them out of their comfort zone, it helps you grow.  

What three words would you use to describe your job?

Variable, interesting and challenging.  

Who has been the most influential person in your life to date?  

Probably my Dad, because of the way he’s approached his life. Instead of going to university when he was young, he decided he wanted to hitchhike from the UK to India, he followed what he wanted to do even though other people in his life were against it. Then when I was a baby, he went to university, got a PhD and became an International Relations and Politics academic. He didn’t follow a conventional route but his tenacity and genuine love and interest for his job is inspiring. He’s a very quirky, interesting character.  

What has been the most fun you’ve had during your time at emotive?  

It’s not a single event, but just the general day-to-day fun we have in the office. There are lots of interesting characters, people are light-hearted but also very hard-working and I think that’s interesting to watch. The office atmosphere is really nice, it’s not like everyone has just got their heads down working in silence all day.  

What is your favourite sandwich?  

I think cheese and pickle… on multigrain bread though, I don’t like white bread.  

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