This blog is written by Sally Church, Ph.D.

I am an English scientist (a biochemist), interested in the biology of cancer and write this blog in my spare time when not playing fantasy football.

During the day, for the past 7 years I have worked for Icarus Consultants in New Jersey on engagements for pharma and biotechnology companies, mostly in projects involving commercial strategy and new product development.  My particular interests include oncology, hematology, respiratory and immunology.

My academic qualifications include a Masters degree in Human and Applied Physiology and a Doctorate focusing on respiratory medicine, asthma and COPD, both from King’s College London (University of London). In the US, I obtained an MBA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, which had a focus on finance and economics. Originally, I spent 3 years studying Sport Science, majoring in biochemistry and physiology, gaining a Bachelor in Science degree (B.Sc. Hons) from John Moore’s University in Liverpool. This diversity of education in science and business has occasionally provided me with a well rounded approach to problem solving :)

Business-wise, I spent over 13 years working for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in the UK and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in the US in a variety of different roles from strategic planning to sales, marketing, mature products (generics) and new product development.  While in the US, I was lucky enough to work on Gleevec (imatinib) from phase I to phase IV, including several market launches in oncology such as CML and GIST.  Sometimes, you look back and realise what an incredible experience it is to be part of a great team, both inside and outside the company.  We were also fortunate to work with some wonderful doctors, nurses and patients who truly made a difference to people’s lives.

As a consultant, I particularly enjoy applying my science and business expertise to problem solving in new product development. The work is very interesting and varied, keeping me busy at various scientific conferences. If you would like to meet up, you can check out my meeting schedule and contact me via E-mail or Twitter (see the linked icons in the top right corner).

Please understand that I’m not medically qualified and unable to advise any patients or caregivers what they should do with regards to medical treatment.

Of course, it goes without saying that the thoughts and opinions expressed are mine entirely, and not those of my employer or clients. Neither are any of these posts sponsored.  I do hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy researching the posts and topics discussed.