Edwin Shi

Lead Scientist in Phys-Chem Analytics & Quality Control Group, Basel (CH)

Edwin is originally from Singapore and has a rich and varied Lonza background, having worked at 3 different sites - Analytical Services in Slough, Development Services in Singapore and Drug Product Services in Basel. He’s currently a Lead Scientist in Phys-Chem Analytics & Quality Control Group.

I chose Lonza because…

Lonza is incredibly agile, always evolving to serve the needs of the industry by developing new technologies and solutions. With Lonza growing so quickly, I felt there were lots of opportunities and potential to grow with the company.

Since I started at Lonza, my career has progressed…
Beyond my expectations since 2011, when I started as a trainee with Lonza’s Analytical Services Department in Slough (UK) under the Singapore Economic Development Board’s STRAT program. It was a rigorous 1-year training program across various analytical groups like process analytics, characterization and method development & validation. By month ten, I was trained to perform around 15 Lonza platform bioanalytical assays and was offered a role as Analytical Technologist by Lonza, Singapore Development Services. In 2014, I was promoted to the Scientist position. In 2017, I joined the recently established drug product services business unit as Senior Scientist in Phys-Chem Analytics & Quality Control Group. It’s been an amazing few years.

It’s special to work at Lonza because…
It offers the whole spectrum of services from drug substance development all the way to drug product manufacturing. We’re unlike any other contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) – we don’t just act like a service provider but we actively solve our customer’s challenges.

My work is meaningful because…

We have lots of experience and expertise, allowing to act as consultants and help customers get their drugs to market faster. I learn something new every day and being in a multinational company enables me to work closely with colleagues from various sites.

What makes me feel good at the end of the working day is…

Knowing that what we do in the lab helps to ensure the quality, identity, strength, and purity of drug products that impact the lives of patients. Being able to deliver analytical data to customers on time also makes a big difference. And I enjoy helping to onboard new colleagues so they can hit the ground running and get their first jobs right, first time.

The most exciting thing about working at Lonza is…
The dynamic, fast-paced and challenging nature of the company and the work we do.

What I most appreciate about my team is…
Their wonderful personalities. I also get incredibly strong support and recognition from my managers. The teamwork is second to none, everyone collaborates and helps one another towards a common goal.

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