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Empowering women in STEM who are making a difference
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In the UK, men outnumber women three-to-one in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions1. Upon university graduation, women take up only 26% of STEM degrees and once in the workforce, only one in ten STEM managers are women1. In the last 5 years, the nation has seen an uptick in women joining the STEM industry and the numbers continue to rise2. Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) found that the STEM sector has continuously grown at a rapid rate since 2017 with over one million women now working within the industry2.
Every day, women across the globe work in STEM careers and contribute to new discoveries, advancements, and breakthroughs. These women become the next generation of role models for those interested in STEM. We spoke with eight women in Pfizer UK who are defying the odds and making a difference in science and technology.
Meet Ann Beeyo
Meet Malak Wehbe
Meet Juliette Kirk
Meet Maiara Camotti Montanha
Meet Rachel Ziregbe
Meet Emma Clifton-Brown
Meet Smita Robinson
Joining the business over 23 years ago and having held various positions, Smita now acts as the Digital Centre Head, within the International Labelling Group. Smita and her ever growing team support the delivery of label updates on medicines on a global scale. “My inspiration comes from patients and knowing that what my team and I are doing is helping patients across the nation.”
As medicines and technology develop, Smita and her team play a critical part when it comes to the future, including e-labelling. She works closely with industry partners to lead the conversation in the UK regarding e-labelling and has even co-hosted a Pfizer funded forum with the NHS discussing the future of patient information and how to progressively move forward. “We are entering a new era of medicine. What we can do for patients with the power of AI, real world evidence and digitisation is extremely exciting and has countless possibilities to do better for and help more patients across the nation.”
Smita is at the forefront of breakthrough technologies and procedures to advance modern day medicine. Together with her team their persistence and determination are unrivalled. “I whole heartedly encourage anyone to get into STEM. The possibilities are endless and being a part of making a difference in society is incredibly rewarding. You’ll never be short of a challenge!”
Meet Elizabeth Collins
Starting with Pfizer as an undergraduate in university and following up with Pfizer as her PhD sponsor, Liz has now seen over 20 years with the business! Operating as the Category Lead in Anti-Infectives and Senior Pharmaceutical Sciences Leader at the Pfizer Sandwich site, Liz has been a part of a considerable number of breakthroughs.
Most recently she has been a part of the team developing a new antiviral. “It’s been an honour being part of this drug development story. Leading the pharmaceutical sciences team, challenging them to market as quickly as possible. The development was the quickest for a small molecule and has set a high industry standard. ”When asked what motivates Liz she stated, “When I listen to our scientists and leaders talk with passion about the piece of the puzzle they are working on, knowing that all the pieces will add up to a product to make patients' lives better, this really inspires me.”
Liz and her team are at the forefront of emerging pharmaceutical technologies and have the honourable job of better understanding how medicines are best used in the hands of the patient. “Developing digital and modelling solutions to compliment practical skills and accelerate drug development is critical. The industry is getting closer to the patient – through the digital revolution, we can now understand what a patient needs in real time. It is extremely exciting. We are lucky to have access to the best digital innovation and technology, coupled with the smartest and brightest of people, allowing us to deliver quality medicines to patients around the world.”
The future of women in STEM
Gender equity in STEM is important for a wide variety of reasons. The British Council acknowledges the need for women in STEM and have established a series of programs to support opportunities3. Encouraging and empowering women across the country to fulfill STEM careers could attract the next generation of talent who could hold the key to saving the planet3.
Pfizer UK proudly partners with the Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) group and works together to ensure career opportunities within our organisation reach as wide and diverse a group as possible. We aim to be one of the best employers for female STEM talent and are committed to integrating equity and inclusivity into all aspects of our business.