Ryan Ashley Bragg

Ryan Ashley Bragg

In my current role I am responsible for the delivery of isotopically labelled compounds for an international pharmaceutical business for use in the research and development of candidate drugs.

Current position: Team Leader, Isotope Chemistry

Company: AstraZeneca

 

What route have you taken to get to your current position?

Following my undergraduate degree I carried out a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Manchester with Professor Jonathan Clayden. This involved a three month placement at Oxford Asymmetry International, giving me insight into the working of a contract research organisation.

I then moved to Switzerland to a position as post-doctoral researcher, working with Professor E. Peter Kundig.  Afterwards I then returned to the UK to a position in Medicinal Chemistry at British Biotech, gaining experience of working in a small company with as close net community of chemists and biologists. 

Following the closure of British Biotech I moved a short distance to EvotecOAI (formerly Oxford Asymmetry International), now a major chemistry CRO with over 200 chemists. I then took an opportunity to move to a major Pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, to a position in the Isotope Chemistry group, moving to the position of Team Leader after 7 years.

The industrial placement part of degree provided invaluable insight into careers in Pharma and provided direction in terms of PhD and post-doctoral. Both the industrial placement and CASE placement gave me understanding of industry and provided valuable knowledge for job applications.

What does this position involve?

In my current role I am responsible for the delivery of isotopically labelled compounds for an international pharmaceutical business for use in the research and development of candidate drugs.

I manage a team of synthetic isotope chemists, defining the strategic direction of projects and accountable for the delivery of the work and the development of staff and scientific expertise in the area.

I agree resourcing and delivery of isotope chemistry studies using both internal resource and contract research organisations to manage demand.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

I really enjoy solving challenging synthetic problems and gaining exposure to all phases of drug discovery and development. Close interactions with a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines is another great aspect of the job.

What did you most enjoy about your course?

Organic chemistry theory and laboratory work – specifically my final year research project with Professor Thomas.

What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

Foundation in synthetic organic chemistry remains invaluable, along with scientific literature searching and report writing.

What advice would you give to students applying for the same course that you took?

Don’t be intimidated by the size of the department, the staff are extremely personable. Actively participate in the tutorial sessions to get the most benefit.

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