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Inspiring the next generation of pharma and biotech industry leaders

Uptake1000 was launched in 2019, as part of Uptake’s mission be a force for growth in the pharma and biotech industry.  

We have pledged to inspire the next generation of industry professionals by educating and supporting 1,000 graduates to begin their pharma and biotech careers, through three pathways; Uptake1000 Academy, Uptake Fast-Track Graduate Programme, and a partnership with In2scienceUK. 

Since the inception of Uptake1000, participants and alumni from all three pathways have benefited from becoming members of the Uptake1000 Network. Many of these members have gone on to develop flourishing careers within the pharma and biotech industry and are now able to share unique insights and advice. 

“Uptake1000 is our way of giving back to this exciting and dynamic industry that we have been proud to be a part of throughout our careers”

Stephanie Hall, Chief Executive Officer and Maxine Smith, Managing Director

Uptake1000 Academy

An insightful exploration of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, revealing future possibilities to today’s graduates.

Uptake1000 Academy (previously Pharma and Biotech Academy) is a three-day interactive virtual event which represents the next step in Uptake’s Uptake1000 commitment to inspire the next generation of pharma and biotech leaders by educating and supporting 1,000 graduates to begin their careers in the industry.  

Designed for graduates currently completing a postgraduate qualification, and undergraduates interested in a career within the pharma and biotech industry, the programme enables delegates to build their network and uncover more about careers in the industry.  

Throughout the event, participants will benefit from one-to-one access to highly experienced industry specialists, who will be readily sharing knowledge and answering questions. For selected participants who demonstrate a particularly elevated level of dedication and interest over the three-day programme, specialists are prepared to offer mentoring services following the event.  

We have made a bold commitment to the Uptake1000 Academy for 2023, doubling the capacity of the event by offering 100 fully funded scholarships for this year’s academy, to enable us reach and support more students than ever before. In partnership with In2scienceUK, we strongly encourage applications from those who may find it more challenging to access similar programmes. 

Uptake1000 Academy 2023 will be held virtually via Zoom, from 05-07 September 2023. 

The event programme will comprise of talks, workshops, and collaborative sessions:

Day 1 – Industry overview, R&D process, largest companies, therapy areas, key companies and processes + guest speaker

Day 2 – Pharmaceutical strategy, brand planning and use of omnichannel marketing + guest speakers

Day 3 – Pharma case (MBA) and assessment exercises + guest speaker: Graduate recruiter from a global pharma company. Debrief and digital certificates

We hope that participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the industry, and confidence to take the first steps towards a flourishing career. Following the academy, students will receive a certificate of attendance, an introduction to leading pharma company graduate programmes, along with access to future career planning support.  


Applications Now Open

To apply, email, stating in approximately 350 words, why you are interested in learning about a career in the pharma and biotech industry. Please also include an overview of any relevant experience and skills you have already obtained.

Early bird application deadline: 30 May 2023


We are also proud to partner with In2scienceUK, which empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through life changing opportunities that give them insights into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and research, whilst boosting their skills and confidence.

Fast-Track Graduate Programme

For those aspiring to take their careers to the next level

As a high growth, award-winning global healthcare consultancy, we also have an established graduate programme, having recruited, and retained many highly talented graduates since October 2017. The fast-track graduate scheme offers a varied and stimulating programme of development, training, and coaching.

Our graduates learn about the structure and skills required to be successful in the pharmaceutical industry across therapy areas such as oncology, specialty care, rare diseases, and vaccines.

We also sponsor our graduates with qualifications in marketing, finance, line management, project management, and general business skills so that they can choose to pursue a career path that suits their competencies and interests.

Why join the Uptake Strategies Graduate programme?

You will build the foundations for a successful career in commercial healthcare.

You will work directly on exciting client projects with the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies across a range of therapy areas and leading brands.

You will gain international experience will have the opportunity to use these skills in client work through virtual working and, where appropriate, and possible, international travel.

You will have access to fantastic professional development resources, to provide an accelerated development pathway.

How to apply for our graduate programme?

Email for information about our next graduate intake.

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