We are delighted to share the next instalment of our Fusion Chat series with our latest member of the team – Nosheen Majid, Fusion Pharma’s Head of Regulatory Affairs.

Please introduce yourself Nosheen and provide some insight into your career so far.
At home I’m a mum of 2 young boys that are bursting with energy! At work I’m a dedicated regulatory professional with 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. I started my career as a regulatory associate and have grown my experience considerably over the years to now be in the position of Head of Regulatory Affairs at Fusion Pharma. I’ve worked across all types of licencing routes from National to Centralised to post Brexit procedures; as well as working closely with various functions across the business. Most recently I’ve been working on Clinical Trials mainly within the oncology therapy area.

What led you to the decision to work in Regulatory Affairs?
After completing my degree and spending many hours of my final year in a laboratory analysing enzymes to breakdown proteins in waste; I decided the laboratory environment was just not for me. I started to explore jobs in the pharmaceutical sector and just by chance there was a pharmaceutical company on my doorstep, and they were looking to recruit a graduate for a regulatory associate position; I thought I should apply and well here I am still in Regulatory Affairs. Regulatory Affairs is what I know best but also an area that is ever changing and hence offering great challenges.

What are you most looking forward to about working at Fusion Pharma?
I am so excited to be working at Fusion Pharma with Leah, Founder and Managing Director of Fusion Pharma. I really believe in her commitment to focus on company culture and I want to be part of that. I’m looking forward to inputting into company decisions to help grow Fusion Pharma, in particular supporting Leah to introduce a graduate and apprentice scheme to invest in the next generation of excellent Regulatory professionals.

Can you share with us a career highlight?
In terms of career highlight there are quite a few I could pick but I will mention one where I worked as the UK regulatory lead to launch a new product. The excitement leading up to launch and truly working cross functionally gave such a sense of team spirit and achievement. From the responsibility of liaising with the MHRA on responses to questions, reviewing marketing materials to approving artwork for the packaging to be printed at risk all adds to the achievement once the product is successfully launched on the market.

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
If you want to learn something new or advance your career in a particular direction, then you need to initiate those conversations with your manager, decide on an action plan and take steps to make that happen – don’t sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you – seek out the opportunities!