Monday, 3 September 2012

Lunch with Lilly!

Today SATRO's CEO and several members of staff are visiting the Lilly site, near Windlesham in Surrey. The Lilly Research Centre was founded in 1967 and since then, it has become a centre of excellence in neuroscience research, with scientists dedicated to unravelling the mysteries of central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Their greatest success to date was the discovery of olanzapine (Zyprexa), used for the treatment fo schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which was launched in 1996. Their research teams continue the quest for new medicines for neurodegenerative disorders, cognitive diseases and more recently sleep disorders.

Like many companies employing scientists, engineers and technologists, Lilly recognize that it is vital to encourage new talent into their industry, and hence they support the Surrey Scholar Bursary scheme which SATRO operates. This scheme is open to students from Surrey who will be studying for degrees in any STEM subject (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Successful applicants who are chosen by one of our sponsor companies, like Lilly, are supported financially during their studies and often get work experience with their sponsor, or, like today, get to visit a state of the art research facility and find out what it would be like to work there.

Today, SATRO staff will be accompanied by Lilly's current Surrey Scholars - and a very impressive bunch they are! We're sure that they hugely value the support and encouragement which the company is giving them, and that they will have wonderful STEM careers as a result.

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