Hartley Atkinson (M.Pharm., Ph.D)
Hartley has a Masters of Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Distinction (1983) and Doctorate in Pharmacology from Otago University (1989). He published 17 research papers and 2 book chapters prior to entering industry. Before establishing AFT Pharmaceuticals, Hartley had 8 years in multinational pharmaceutical companies in various positions including Medical Director and Sales and Marketing Director.
What did you want to do when you were growing up?
Did you think you would end up working in R&D in pharmaceuticals?
Not really to be honest. I started off doing pharmacy, but soon found out that research was more fun thanks to meeting some research doctors at the hospital and getting involved in some really interesting projects like dosing patients with a computer back in the days when computers had only just become publicly available.
What makes the AFT Pharmaceutical's R&D programme different?
We do a huge amount with few resources while tackling significant studies.
If you could describe the drug development process in one word, what would it be?