Bist Career week – Round table: Pharma & Industry

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Join us for BIST Career Week to prepare for your future! The week will consist of five days packed with morning workshops and afternoon round tables, with inspiring speakers from different backgrounds, trajectories, and jobs.

This year’s round tables will be focused on a variety of career possibilities including scientific group leadership, science communication, pharma and industry, data science, and consultancy. Wherever your next move may be (inside or outside academia!), the BIST Career Week is for you.

Round tables are a great opportunity to meet people working in different jobs and sectors. Join us and learn what they did and how is a normal day in their jobs. All related to science, but all different: come and get inspired!


Round table 3: Pharma & Biotech R&D

Moderator: Martina Pesaresi, Medical Affairs Onco-Hematology (Sanofi)


Helena Roura, Medical Science Liaison (UCB)

Helena Roura studied Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona (UB), did her PhD at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and has an MBA from ENEB Business School. Her PhD at IRB Barcelona was focused on biomedical studies of gene translation and its regulation and development of related therapeutic strategies. After finishing her PhD in 2018, she started working at the Medical Affairs Department of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. In 2019 she was promoted to Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in Madrid area. In 2020, she moved to UCB Pharma in Barcelona, where she is currently working as MSL in the Immunology field.

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Santiago Cañellas, scientist at Janssen (the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson)

Santiago Cañellas was born and raised in Mallorca (Spain), where he studied his Bachelor and Master’s in chemistry at the University of the Balearic Islands. In 2018 he received his PhD from the ICIQ, embedded in the BIST, under the direction of Prof. Miquel À. Pericàs. During his doctoral studies, he performed two internships. The first one at the University of Michigan (USA) with Prof. John Montgomery, and the second one in the Pharmaceutical Industry at Eli Lilly in the UK. After that, he did a postdoc at the ICIQ before joining Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in 2019, where he currently works on the development of automated synthesis platforms as part of the Parallel Medicinal Chemistry team.

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Silvia Pomposiello, an independent Scientific Advisor and R&D Consultant to Pharma, Biotech and Non-profit organizations

Silvia obtained her degree in Chemistry from the School of Science at the University of Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina and her PhD in Pharmacology (Academic Honors) from the School of Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She performed the scientific/experimental work for her PhD thesis “Mechanisms that Regulate Vascular Tone” at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at New York Medical College where she continued to develop her expertise in the areas of hypertension, kidney and cardiovascular disease with focus on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and endothelium-dependent mechanisms such as nitric oxide and lipid mediators including cyclooxygenase-derived prostaglandins.

In 2000 Silvia started her career in the pharmaceutical industry and has a proven track record leading R&D and innovation in various pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Novartis, Boehringer- Ingelheim and Roche. She started as a Senior Scientist in Monsanto/Pharmacia/Pfizer and based on scientific merit she was promoted to roles of greater responsibility at Pfizer as well as in the other pharmaceutical companies. She retired from Rocher as a Senior Leader and Section Head Discovery. Currently she is an independent Scientific Advisor and R&D Consultant to Pharma, Biotech and Non-profit organizations.




Five workshops and five round tables throughout the July 5-9 week.

See here the complete Career Week programme

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Note that the Career Week activities are designed for BIST Community members, but they are opened to the whole scientific community and the access to the events is free.