Alex Agyemang

Favourite Thing: To investigate how things work and find solutions to problems.



Holy Family College, Leyton Sixth Form College, University of Portsmouth, Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, OU Business School


BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, MSc Clinical Drug Development, PhD Clinical Pharmacology, MBA Life Sciences

Work History:

Sanofi-Aventis, SmithKline Beecham, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Current Job:

Clinical Pharmacologist


Takeda Development Centre

Me and my work

I am interested in the causes of diseases and how drugs can be used to treat or cure diseases.

Clinical Pharmacology is the study of the action of drugs in humans. It is an exciting medical and scientific discipline focused on ensuring the safe, effective and cost-effective use of medicines through clinical and regulatory practice, education and research.

As a Clinical Pharmacologist, I study how drugs are taken up, broken down and removed from the body through clinical trials in healthy subjects and patients to make sure that drugs are taken safely and used effectively to treat diseases such as cancer.

Clinical pharmacologists in the pharmaceutical industry are involved in the development of new drugs and early clinical trials in healthy subjects and patients.

My Typical Day

Attending meetings, analysing and presenting clinical data.

What I'd do with the money

To sponsor a student or group of students to attend a Scientific Workshop or conference.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Motivated, determined and imaginative.

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

Rice and grilled spicy lamb chops

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Going to Rio to watch the 2014 World Cup

What did you want to be after you left school?

Clinical Pharmacologist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Only at the playground

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

To have had the opportunity to work on some of the medicines currently available to patients

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

A day trip to a Pharmaceutical Company during my A’Levels.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A footballer

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1) To re-live my college/university days, 2) Wished I was a professional footballer playing in the World Cup finals in Brazil, 3) Wish I will live long enough to see England win the World Cup:-).

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

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