AstraZeneca Talk Drug Discovery at St Faith's

Global pharmaceutical giant, AstraZeneca, visited St Faith's Cambridge on Thursday 7th February to explain to Year 6 pupils the complicated and lengthy process of discovering and developing new medicines.

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12th February 2019 — Last week Year 6 were given a fascinating glimpse into the world of drug discovery and development by a team of four Scientists from AstraZeneca, including Dr Menelas Pangalos, EVP and Global Head BioPharmaceuticals Research and Development who is responsible for AstraZeneca’s pharmaceutical research worldwide.

The workshop linked very well with the pupils’ recent Science lessons on cell biology and provided a great opportunity to extend their knowledge and see how it is applied in real life.

Pupils raced against a robot to test chemical properties and worked in teams to build chiral compounds. The complex chemistry was clearly explained by our visitors and the practical hands-on activities gave pupils a clear understanding of the medicine development process which takes, in most cases, at least 14 years.

Mrs Alison Price, Head of Science at St Faith’s said, “Our Year 6s are so lucky – what an inspirational team – this was a fantastic opportunity to get a glimpse into such a fascinating world.”

Taking to Twitter after his visit Dr Pangalos wrote, “Spent a great morning talking about drug discovery with colleagues from @AstraZeneca at @St_Faiths. What a bright and enthusiastic group of year 6 students... Great scientists in the making.”

Not surprisingly, our Year 6 pupils loved this special lesson and were left inspired. Many thanks to the AstraZeneca team and particularly Dr Pangalos who had flown overnight from Washington to help deliver this workshop to the Year 6 children.

St Faith's School (Coed 4-13) is a day school in Cambridgeshire.

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