Spotlight Interview with Rhoanne McPherson, Principal Scientist at Concept Life Sciences

What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar? 

I hope that attendees will gain a useful and interesting overview of immunotherapy drug discovery, including key targets, platforms and tools to test drug efficacy, as well as discussion of the challenges and emerging areas within the field.


What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

 We love to talk to people who are on all stages of their drug discovery journey, and are always interested to hear about the different targets and approaches that people are using or interested in. We’re more than happy to discuss any challenges and issues that potential clients might be having and ultimately investigate how we can help!


What do you enjoy most about your role? 

The best thing about my role is that it’s diverse and innovative, and there is no standard or dull day. We’re constantly developing new assays and approaches to better model diseases and provide our clients with the best, most relevant platforms to assist with their drug development.  We really do learn something new every day, and we love passing on that new-found knowledge and expertise to our customers, to see how it can benefit them.


How did you get into the industry? 

Part of our company was originally formed as a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh and I happened to be a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the academic group that started that company! I was driven to make the jump into industry as I was keen to take on new and diverse challenges and be at the forefront of immunology drug discovery – I knew that we could make a positive impact, and that decision has been proven to be right every day since!


Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

 I’d be tempted to say somewhere tropical or exotic, but it’s honestly probably where I live. I’m lucky enough to call a coastal village in Scotland with a beautiful beach, surrounded by lovely countryside, my home. Having to endure two national lockdowns due to COVID-19 has given me a newfound appreciation for the nature and stunning views that are right on my doorstep!

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