Introducing one of our Principal Scientists, Nick Morley. Many of you will know Nick already, but hear what he has to say about his role here at Hall Analytical, as well as his thoughts on the industry in general. This is part of our Day in the Life series, inviting you to get to know the people who make us who we are.
Hi Nick, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today. Can you start by explaining how you came into this role?
After completing my degree in Chemistry, I started my career in the QC lab of a small generics pharmaceutical company. It was a great place for me to gain experience in a wide range of analytical techniques. This then led me to a role at GSK in a team that specialised in extractables and leachables. I spent 11 years in this team working alongside industry experts in the field of extractables and leachables. Over this time, my role changed from bench analyst to leading long term E&L projects and authoring regulatory files for various biopharmaceutical and cell and gene therapy drugs. An opportunity then arose for me to join Hall Analytical as a subject matter expert in the field of E&L. This particularly interested me as I wanted to broaden my knowledge of E&L and use my experience to support clients in several industries such as medical devices and reduced-risk products.
Great that you’re in something you’re clearly so interested and knowledgeable about. So now you’re here at Hall Analytical, what are your day-to-day responsibilities?
As a subject matter expert in E&L, my role involves interacting with clients to provide technical guidance for design studies that address their needs. As well as interacting with clients I provide support to the technical and commercial teams, author whitepapers, present at conferences, collaborate with external scientific organisations and keep up to date with the latest trends in E&L.
What is your favourite thing about working for Hall?
No two days are the same, which is why I enjoy my role. I really like that my role is people-focused, allowing me to interact with people from a wide range of disciplines and industries. I also collaborate with others across the group and externally in the scientific community, which I also enjoy. It is great that the work we do has a real impact on helping our clients deliver innovative products to patients so that they live healthier and more comfortable lives.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy photography, playing badminton and travelling (although I haven’t been able to travel much in the past couple of years).
Perhaps we should set up a badminton tournament in the scientific community?! Hall Analytical, World Laboratory Badminton Champions has a nice ring to it.
Given that you’re so involved in so many facets of the industry, I’m interested to know where you see it going in 10 years? What will have changed and what will remain the same?
Some of the industries we work with are so heavily regulated that changes can be slow to manifest, but I imagine in 10 years’ time the technological advances and knowledge gained will be used to deliver results in a more efficient and effective manner. I would love to see models and artificial intelligence play a bigger role in reducing the need for testing.
Great stuff, Nick. Thanks for answering our questions.
If you want to talk to us about an extractables and leachables study, then please get in touch. Nick and the team will be happy to take your project on.