Becky: “We went to Pfizer today. The buildings were all really modern and we had to wear lab coats and glasses to go into labs. It was interesting talking to people and we got lots of opportunities to ask lots of questions which was good and informative. We got to look into the production of tablets and I liked wearing the hair nets and gloves because it felt very official. It was intriguing learning about the different ways they design drugs depending on the illness. My favourite part of the day was lunch because we got to talk to people that worked there and understand more.”
Tilly: “Today we travelled in the school minibus to Pfizer. We started with an introduction presentation followed by a presentation about Drug Development, which were both extremely interesting. We then went on for a tour around the pharmaceutical sciences, material sciences and high end analytic laboratories. We had to wear lab coats and goggles which was quite fun. We had a tasty lunch whilst having a discussion about the business. We were then taken for a tour of the solid dose manufacturing and we had to wear blue lab coats, with hair nets, shoe covers and gloves as well as goggles for strict safety reasons which meant we were also unable to wear make up, jewellery and also nail varnish. We then had a Q &A with women in science and engineering before we headed off back to school.
“My favourite part of the day was talking to STEM [ambassadors] over lunch and seeing what jobs there are and how they help students and graduates. I also enjoyed looking around the laboratories as I found this very interesting.”
Amber: “Today we went to Pfizer to get an insight into what they do and what procedures are taken to produce the best medicine... We had to wear many protective garments when we entered the production laboratories. I liked best discovering the processes that go into making a drug. It was all interesting!”