ABPI Celebrates King's Women
King's women past and present have been recognised by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in their list of influential female figures of the industry.
The list was compiled to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, and featured women who have helped pioneer developments and inspire future generations of women to get involved in the pharmaceutical industry.
Of the ten women listed, three have an association with King's College London. This included present day academics Professor Jayne Lawrence and Dr Susan Standring and from the 1950's, Rosalind Franklin.
Jayne Lawrence is a Professor of Biophysical Pharmaceutics and Head of the Pharmaceutical Biophysics research group at King's. She is currently on secondment at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as their Chief Scientist.
Susan Standring studied anatomy before becoming an electron microscopist. Susan became the first bibliographer for Gray's Anatomy after making the suggestion to her PhD supervisor, Peter Williams and is now current editor-in-chief of Gray's Anatomy, in its 41st edition. Susan is a Fellow of King' College London.
Rosalind Franklin became a research associate at King's College London in 1951 where she was best known for her x-ray diffraction images of DNA, which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. The full list of women and their achievements are on the ABPI website.
The ABPI represents large, medium and small research-based biopharmaceutical companies, which together, supply around 90 per cent of all medicines used by the NHS, as well ad researching and developing new medicines.