Prof. Claire Thompson, multi award-winning CEO of Agility Life Sciences, has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Leaders in the field of small molecules on the 2022 Medicine Maker Power List.
Every year, leading life sciences publication the Medicine Maker asks its readers to nominate the influential people making the most impact in the drug-making space, celebrating captains in small molecules, biopharmaceuticals, and advanced therapy. The aim of the Power List is to bring the talent, passion and experience of these inspirational leaders into the limelight, showcasing the drug development industry’s success stories. In times like these, the Medicine Maker is passionate about recognising the people working hard to improve our world.
Prof. Thompson is no stranger to accolades; she was the recipient of the inaugural One Nucleus “Life Sciences Inspiration of the Year Award” as well as achieving recognition from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Enterprising Women. She is also the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge and, amongst her proudest achievements, she founded and fully funds the highly successful Girls In Football Teams (GIFT) Grants scheme, which supports more than 30 girls’ and women’s grassroots football teams across the UK.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Prof. Thompson opened a formulation development facility in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, in September 2020. Since then, the facility in Nottingham has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a team of eight scientists across four laboratories.
Prof. Thompson commented: “I am thrilled to be the recipient of such a prestigious award, which aims to recognise inspirational leaders in the field of drug development. When I look at how much we have achieved as a team since Agility was founded 10 years ago, and especially in terms of the facility over the last couple of years, it reinforces my belief that you should never let a crisis go to waste and that my team is instrumental in my success as a CEO. With the right people around you, you can truly achieve anything.”