Profile of Mrs Helen Plant
Having obtained my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester UK, I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 29 years. I am an experienced drug-discovery bioscientist, working in the fields of Biochemical & Cell Assay Development, High Throughput Screening and Laboratory Automation. In 2009 I joined the AstraZeneca Global High Throughput Screening centre as a senior scientist, with a responsibility for delivering screening data to a global internal & external customer base. Over the years I have developed an interest and depth of experience in lab automation and in 2020 I was promoted to Associate Director, leading an AZ automation team and matrix managing a multidisciplinary team of external automation engineers. The team ensures delivery of automated high throughput screens to AstraZeneca drug projects and academic collaborators, focusing on the architecture, design, and data management of robotics and high-throughput systems to drive efficiency, inform decisions and enable discovery.