Hart Biologicals is proud to welcome recent graduate Amy Faulkner to the team as Development Scientist.
Amy, 22, from Hartlepool, attended English Martyrs and then Brinkburn Sixth Form where she studied Chemistry, Biology and Journalism.
After leaving college, Amy joined the University of Sunderland to undertake a BSc in Biopharmaceutical Science. Achieving a first-class honours degree and being awarded the top student award as the only member of her class to get a first.
Amy said: “It was amazing to find out I was getting a first-class degree. I’m buzzing that all of the hard work has paid off and to get the top student award is unbelievable.
“At university I studied a lot of analytical chemistry, molecular biology, bio-tech and synthetic chemistry. My placements offered me the invaluable experience of the industry also.”
Amy previously worked with Chippenham-based medical laboratory Vectura on a placement and has also previously spent time at Hart Biologicals working in Quality Assurance whilst at University.
Amy believes the experience she got from working at the haemostasis company helped her understand exactly where she wanted to focus her career.
Amy said: “There was a conference at Sunderland University for SMEs and Alex and Shelly from the team attended.
“I knew them from my previous position at Hart Bio and from my experience I knew I liked working in the analysis of pharmaceuticals and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), so I asked them if there were any roles available and luckily they were looking for a scientist to join the team and help develop the methods.”
In her new role Amy hopes she can develop new methods for Hart Bio’s Aggregation products and ensure they’re all validated before the end of her contract.
She added: “I’ll be based in the Hart Innovation building working within the technical department, but I will be working alongside the Quality Control team, so I can be the bridge between the two.”
Alexander Ebinger, Head of Research and Development at Hart Innovations, said: “When I first met Amy, she seemed like an incredibly talented and driven person.
“The task I described as her potential new role could have been very daunting for a fresh university graduate, but Amy was incredibly well prepared for it and was eager to get going.
“Since she has started she has taken up her role with incredible ease and prowess. She has far exceeded the expectations set out for her. We’re glad to have her onboard and I’m sure she will learn and grow with the team and she is already proving a great asset.”
Jenny Houghton, QA Officer who worked with Amy during her first placement, said: “Amy helped us out in the Quality Assurance department over the Summer of 2016 mainly on documentation and updating our Electronic Document Management System.
“Amy struck me as being a very astute and very driven young lady who listened, engaged and did not require much guidance once she had been shown what to do. She just got on with the task at hand!
“I was really pleased to hear she had chosen to re-join the company as I know she has gained some valuable knowledge and experience in her time at university and on her placement year which she will be able to transfer to the company.
“It’s lovely to have her back and I am sure she has a very bright future ahead!”