Should You Consider Pharmacy?

The pharmaceutical industry has taken center stage over the past two years. Best scientific minds developed a vaccine for COVID-19 in record time.

So should students consider a pharmacy course and if so, where can it be taken?

We talked to three people working in the pharmacy sector. Professor John F. Gilmour is a Lecturer Pharmaceutical Chemist at Trinity College, and is involved in drug development and research projects. Liza O’Brien is the Director of Human Resources at the pharma firm Ipsen Ireland. Muiren O’Horra is the technical expert at Ipsen.

Lisa O’Brien: COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the perception of pharma in the mindset of people.

How did you come to work in this field?

Muiren O’Horra: I was interested in science since childhood. It was my favorite subject in school, and I took biology and chemistry for my leaving certificate. I started a general science course at NUI Galway in 2015 and in 2018, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. During my undergraduate degree I completed a module related to using microbial cells to produce pharmaceutical products – and ultimately helping patients. This sparked my interest in the biopharmaceutical industry and keeping this in mind, I continued my studies and completed my master’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering in 2019.

Professor Gilmour: I trained as a chemist and got my PhD in chemistry, then joined Trinity, a pharmaceutical spinout at UniMed plc. I joined pharmacy school in 1998 as a lecturer and have been involved in drug development and research projects.

Why can one consider making a career in Pharma?