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Career Story: Head of Research, Orbsen Therapeutics

Dr Steve Elliman

Job title
Head of Research
Company
Orbsen Therapeutics
Industry
Pharmaceuticals
Experience
11 years
Education
  1. Degree in Genetics, Queen Mary College London
  2. PhD in Genetics, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Favourite subjects in school
Biology, German
The best thing about my job
Every day is different!

The most fun I have is sitting down with the guys and seeing what results have come out of last week’s work. 

Seeing stuff that nobody has ever seen before is probably the best part of my job. 

My main tasks

Managing the 11 research scientists and applying for grants. Also, a lot of my work is taking the data that the guys generate in the lab and looking for the work that is novel and patentable.

What I like

Every day is different. The most fun I have is sitting down with the guys and seeing what results have come out of last week’s work. Seeing stuff that nobody has ever seen before is probably the best part.

Challenges

Grant writing! It’s tough and it’s competitive. Typically, for every 10 grants you write, you get one or two.

We have to write 100-page proposals to describe why we need the money and what it is about our therapy that might be useful. In the last 18 months, I have probably written 10 large grants. We have been successful and landed four grants worth about €20 million.

Who influenced me

My biology teacher John Stebbings helped nurture my love of genetics.