Budding Biochemists Exposed to Career Opportunities
Graduates of Biochemistry have been charged to take advantage of opportunities offered by the programme, as an interdisciplinary science with prospect to move across different spectrum of all organisation’s activities.
A Biochemist and Certified Auditor, Glaxo SmithKline, Nigeria, Miss. Titilayo Fashedemi, gave the charge on Friday, November 3, 2017, at the second edition of the Town and Gown Seminar, organised by the Department of Biochemistry, Covenant University, Ota.
Fashedemi, who spoke on “Pharmaceutical Quality Audit: The Story of a Biochemist” also enjoined the graduates of Biochemistry to develop skills and experience in order to work and build careers as Biochemist, Quality Control Coordinator, Food and Drug Inspector, Plant, Food and Nutritional Biochemist, Teacher/Lecturer as well as Toxicologist among others.
The guest speaker noted that the study of Biochemistry is also a popular route to postgraduate programmes in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science, adding that, “With adequate training, graduates can also gain access to non-traditional areas and contribute meaningfully to the society through sales and marketing, science journalism, business, health and safety in oil or manufacturing company.”
Sharing her experience as an Auditor in pharmaceutical industry, Fashedemi explained that pharmaceutical industries employs the use of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) which ensures that quality is built into the organisation and processes involved in all aspects of manufacturing including collecting, transportation, processing, storage, quality control and delivery of finished products.
This, she said, calls for auditing, which is an effective means of evaluating compliance of the company with the quality system. “Auditing helps to give feedback to management as part of a continuous improvement programme which enhance the confidence of shareholders, patients and regulators,” she added.
An auditor, according to her, is a guest with the aim to help improve operations and not to attack or belittle operations. Auditor, she also noted was to find deficiencies against regulatory requirements, identify existing and potential risks to business continuity and company image and turn these deficiencies into added value by providing and agreeing recommendations for improvement.
Also present at the event were the Head, Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Solomon Rotimi, faculty, staff and students of the department.