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Biology students learn about antibody therapeutics at MedImmune

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Biology A level Year 1 students have just visited MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca.

MedImmune carries out innovative research and explores new ways to improve patient health. Its site at Granta Park, Great Abington, near Cambridge is one of its three major research and development facilities (the other two being in the United States). Approximately 550 staff work at the Granta Park site, mostly supporting the research and early development of the large molecule portfolio. Paul Andrew, Deputy Department Manager, explains:

“We learnt about how they make antibody therapeutics and use these antibodies in the development of new drugs.  After a Health and Safety talk, we then had a tour of their laboratory facilities, and saw both scientists and state-of-the-art equipment at work.”

Our students found the visit extremely useful – and were incredibly impressed with the laboratories. Here are some of their comments:

“The trip to MedImmune was really insightful and useful. We saw the theory that we learn in class being put into practice by the professionals working there, which is really motivating.” Marella Cuevas

“It has given me a good insight into the science research industry that I would like to join in the future.” Jack Goode

“Thank you for taking us to Medimmune. Some people want a dream house for a present; I want a MedImmune science lab!” Jade Wiseman

Paul continues: “AstraZeneca will be opening a new research & development site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus near Addenbrooke’s Hospital) in 2016. We are extremely fortunate to be located by the Biomedical Campus and within easy reach of Granta Park and other science parks and facilities, allowing us to develop strong links with these biomedical industries.

“I am hoping that the visit will raise our students’ aspirations further as it is a well-equipped and pleasant place to work. MedImmune look for scientists with an appropriate PhD (e.g. biomedical) as employees, but also offer openings for people with a wide range of science qualifications.

“We are extremely grateful to MedImmune, and to John Elvin (Scientific External Liaison) for providing us with the opportunity to visit them.”

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