Belinda Castles

Belinda Castles

Belinda Castles
Medical Science Liaison
Joined GSK in 2012

What is your background?

I was born and raised in Auckland and graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours. I went on to work as a community pharmacist for two and a half years before realising I had a strong ambition to explore a career outside of being a pharmacist.

I applied for a job in 2012 with GSK as a primary care medical representative, and moved into the hospital specialist medical representative role 15 months later. These years in the sales team set me up with a solid foundation and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and I continue to draw on this invaluable experience. I made the transition into the medical team in 2015 and am thoroughly enjoying my current role as the Medical Science Liaison for respiratory.

What do you like about working with GSK?

I feel very fortunate to work with an incredible team of people at GSK. Everyone is very driven, motivated and passionate in their role in ensuring patients have access to our medicines. We have the ability to work cross functionally in a supportive team environment, which not only gives us a greater understanding of the business as a whole, but creates a more united team culture. We also have an inspiring group of managers in our Senior Leadership Team who empower us to make our personal and professional development a priority.

What does your role entail?

My role is split between working in the office and being out in the field. I regularly meet with respiratory specialists and scientific researchers to discuss the clinical programs and latest research for our respiratory medicines. I assist with the coordination of a range of different scientific engagement activities both internally and externally, and facilitate local proposals for investigator sponsored studies. I am also involved with ongoing internal training for the commercial teams on relevant disease therapy areas and the clinical data for our respiratory products.

What has been your career highlight so far?

Being an integral part of the launch of our three new respiratory products this year is going to be a career highlight for sure. I am very proud of the extensive, thorough and leading research behind these medicines, and the huge opportunity they have to enhance the lives of so many patients living with COPD and asthma.

What do you do when you are not at work?

I absolutely love sport and you’ll always find me doing some fun activity! My favourites are kayak fishing, kite boarding, mountain biking, snowboarding, indoor netball, hiking and sea swimming.