In our first in a series of insights into the business development team at Charnwood Molecular, we speak to Aji Thomas, Business Development Executive, who has been a part of the team since early 2019.
What’s your background?
I am a medicinal chemist by training, having spent time on the bench working on drug discovery and development projects in previous technical roles. I got my PhD at the University of Camerino, in Italy and did 4 years post doc there too. In 2017 I moved to the UK and have worked in the CRO environment since.
What is your role at Charnwood Molecular?
The main purpose of my role in business development is to identify new clients, who through collaboration with Charnwood Molecular will speed up and add value to their drug discovery programs. This has a particular focus for me across Europe, where I concentrate my efforts.
What do you consider to be your career highlights so far?
The best part of my role is in being able to quickly understand clients’ requirements. Having been a medicinal chemist and having a scientific background, I can help identify areas where we can help with their projects. The current situation with coronavirus and remote working has brought its own challenges, but I have embraced the new virtual working environment and working online with clients.
What do you do outside of the lab?
I enjoy sports, particularly futsal, and I play several musical instruments, including the bass guitar and drums. I also enjoy reading when not working.