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Martin Owen

He works at OwenGlaxoSmithKline

Watch his 2014 talk: "Making change happen"

Martin Owen

Martin Owen is fascinated by taking an idea from fragile birth until it can be transmitted to, and adopted by, others. And he should know; he has had some pretty big ideas adopted within large organisations. His pioneering work on the application of automated parallel experimentation technologies within Chemical Development - building robots to perform process chemistry - completely changed the way the pharmaceutical industry went about process development.

Are there risks risks involved in promoting such radical ideas? Sure there is! Especially with new technologies. Martin talks about the importance of people in bringing about change and introducing new technologies. He talks about his own approach to risk.

Martin started his working life as a medicinal chemist, later becoming a senior scientist in chemical development. A life-changing experience in 1993 changed Martin’s attitude to risk completely, when trekking in Nepal to Kanchenjunga North and South base camps – their group was arrested twice and one person had to be helicoptered out.

More videos? How about Prof John Isaacs?

Professor John Isaacs is a clinical scientist with a passion for translational research driven by his curiosity and the needs of his patients. He began his medical career at St George’s Hospital in London, taking in a stint at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as part of the Hammersmith-Harvard exchange programme, before completing his PhD at Cambridge. It was at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge that John met a patient who changed the direction of his research – and his life – forever. That meeting spurred him on to become one of the best known names in his new-found field – Clinical Rheumatology. He went on to become Professor of Clinical Rheumatology and Director of the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. In his spare time, John enjoys music and running. He is a regular Great North Run participant, and plays saxophone for “The Joy of Sax” based at the Sage Gateshead.

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