Erin joined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in September 2019, after completing her A-levels. She is currently in the second year of her apprenticeship within the Chemical Development (ChemDev) department at GSK in Stevenage, studying for a FdSc in Applied Chemical Sciences at the University of Kent, whilst gaining experience from her mentors in the field of chemical development.
When deciding which higher education avenue to take upon the completion of her A-levels, Erin chose to pursue a chemistry apprenticeship in the pharmaceutical industry. She developed a passion for organic chemistry during her A-levels and then in pharmaceutical chemistry after the completion of an extended project on the applications of nanotechnology within oncology treatments.
Under the guidance of her mentors within the multi-functional ChemDev department, her passion for chemistry was further ignited during the process development and scaling up of two HIV drug candidates in the late stage of pharmaceutical development to allow the transfer of robust processes to the GSK pilot plants for clinical supply. Erin is currently on secondment to the chemical engineering group within ChemDev to further develop her interest in process engineering and continuous manufacturing.
During her time at GSK, she has also been involved in a variety of other initiatives. These include: STEM outreach activities; being a departmental representative for the Modern Employer initiative representing the ‘Be You’ pillar which advocates inclusion and diversity; and contributing to the department's contingency plans for COVID-19 secure lab work.