The health industry has had a lot of coverage this year but how do pharmaceutical companies develop new products?
On Wednesday 27th January, every student at PGHS was invited to join an innovative on-line event hosted by the TeenTech team and led by the leading pharmaceutical company GSK. The aim of the session was to explore the work of the R&D team in Consumer Healthcare and the importance of sustainability throughout the development, production and distribution chain. GSK produce pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer products that everyone may have at home such as Aquafresh toothpaste, Beechams Cold and Flu remedies, Horlicks and Panadol.
Many of our students took this opportunity to join this LIVE session, which was a very interactive and powerful way for them to understand the fast-changing world of science and technology within the health industry.
Our students were incredibly positive about the event and it was lovely to hear such positive feedback. Here are some of their comments:
Fatima Z K (8G) – “I learnt that GSK create around 1 billion tubes of toothpaste a year, also that there is a peanut butter flavoured toothpaste.”
Mya J (10S) – “I found the event interesting and super fun as they made the LIVE aspect very inclusive by doing quizzes. I am already interested in a career in STEM so this made me more interested. I learnt that you can start a career in STEM from all levels of qualification and you can start through many ways to do a whole collection of jobs (such as product design, production, or marketing etc.) Thanks for giving me the opportunity to attend the event.”
Fareesha K (10S) – “This session taught me about the different careers GSK has to offer. I also found out that you don’t necesserilly need a degree to work for them either. I think it’s given me a more varied idea of the options open to me for future careers and more areas to look into.”
Macy H (7H) – “I found it very interesting. It was very weird and gross to find out that they used to use urine and crushed up mouse bones in tooth paste!”