In March 2019, David Andrews visited Northgate High School Ipswich (his alma mater) to talk to a group of sixth-form students at a careers enrichment lunchtime meeting.
During the session, David talked about his career journey from school to his position as Associate Director of Oncology Chemistry, Research & Development at AstraZeneca. He then explained, at a conceptual level, how molecules are designed, using PoPPI’s 3-D models of proteins to help him. For example, he explained the ‘Lock-and-Key’ theory of drug action. The students really enjoyed playing with the models and gained a much better appreciation of what is in a round, white tablet. David himself enjoyed the opportunity to ‘give something back’ and was impressed by the students’ energy, enthusiasm, and great questions.