Claire, Bioanalytical scientist

My name is Claire and I’m a scientist at LGC. I work within the small molecule bioanalysis team, where we analyse drug concentrations in biological samples over time.

We work on all aspects of the drug development. So pharmaceutical companies will come to us with their medicine that they want to analyse in biological samples. 

We stress-test all of the medicines that we analyse at LGC to make sure that they are robust and reliable before we go into clinical trials. We will then go into sample analysis, where we analyse samples from patients and look at those concentrations of medicines over time. 

I love working within a team and making sure that we all work together to achieve that final goal. I most definitely think that chemistry can change the world. LGC’s motto is science for a safer world and knowing that the medicines that we analyse, going through all different phases of clinical trials, can be released onto the market and potentially help someone who’s suffering with a really serious illness, is just so rewarding and I think that chemistry has a big part to play in that.

I studied forensic and analytical chemistry at university and I knew that I wanted to work within a science field but I didn’t really know what. All I knew was that I wanted to help people and that chemistry gave me the opportunity to do just that.