Having worked with GPCRs during my graduate studies and through my first postdoc, I know how tough these receptors are to deal with. To transform a GPCR project into a success story is my dream. These receptors are the broadest target in the pharmaceutical industry. More than 50 percent of the currently available prescription drugs target GPCRs, making them the most sought-after drug class.
One of the things that I love best about working at Lucigen is the chance to participate in innovative and exploratory research projects, marketing efforts and business development. Being a small company, we are a well-built, cohesive family – all working together to do good science and deliver novel products to the scientific community (and in turn bringing in more value for what we do).
|Saurabh Sen’s mathematical formula for describing his personality traits.
ASBMB: Are you still involved in bench work?
Sen: Of course. I love the bench. People have different opinions about the industrial environment and how research programs are operated in an industrial setting. I devote a significant fraction of my time to cutting-edge experiments at the bench. It’s fun, and that’s what keeps me going.
ASBMB: Was your transition from academia to industry easy?
Sen: Well, for me it was rather smooth sailing. I had a little bit of industrial experience (nine months) before my graduate studies, and that sort of laid down the foundation for me to come back to industry again. I did not find any significant challenges or hurdles that acted as barriers to my transition. Many people find it difficult to adapt to industry coming from academia, and I believe it is more the mindset that plays a crucial role in the process. One thing is for certain – in an industrial setting, an individual doesn’t have the luxury to do much offshoot exploratory research; the focus mainly lies on the corporate goals and milestones that need to be achieved annually. If you are ready to embrace that, I don’t see any problems with the transition.
ASBMB: Can you describe a typical day at work?
Sen: For me, a typical day at work involves thorough execution of my planned agendas, and, as always, I am ready to take up new challenges. It includes checking my e-mails and calendar when I arrive at work, looking for any meetings that I may have during the day and planning experiments accordingly. Completion of my planned experiments, data analysis, updating my notebook and planning the next day’s experiment generally is what I strive to accomplish by the end of the day. Coming to work every morning with the challenge of discovering a novel solution for an unsolved scientific problem keeps me on my toes for the whole day.