Sitting Down With… Isabelle François, Independent Consultant, Sint-Lievens-Houtem, Belgium
What’s your drive for conducting research?
I’ve worked within an instrument manufacturer and as an academic researcher, and obviously the motivation is dependent on the role. As a vendor, it’s interesting to lend a hand in supporting the research of your customers while generating business revenue – I thoroughly enjoyed the many collaborations with customers across industries in this space.
My overall drive, though, is the impact that our field has on developing understanding across disciplines. It’s not simply about the chromatography or the MS, but mostly about the information these techniques present to us. In biopharmaceuticals, for example, analytical approaches facilitate drug development and quality, and – further afield – they also ensure the quality of the food we eat and the water we drink. Many are unaware of this link between analytical science and our day-to-day lives, but it’s highly motivating to know that we support crucial areas of society.
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