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Shailen Rao

Managing Director, Soar Beyond Ltd

Shailen Rao

After 30 years of working in and with the NHS, Shailen’s passion is helping the NHS to make the most out of its investment in medicines. Soar Beyond was established in 2007 to help support the NHS, Industry and local authorities to do this effectively and meaningfully. Sometimes, this means direct commissions by the NHS as a service provider or indirectly working with them as part of a partnership program with Industry.

His heritage as both a Practice Pharmacist and a Head of Medicines Management is apparent in the type of work they do in Soar Beyond and “partnership and collaboration” is a common thread in all their work, whether with the pharmaceutical and devices industry or public sector. He is particularly proud of the committed Soar Beyond Team, their change management services such as 4D and a team of field-based pharmacists resulting in the reputation they have built in the last 10 years or so. They continue to develop, grow and innovate and, in 2017, they launched the i2i Network for practice pharmacists to much acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2018 Health Services Journal “Improving Outcomes through Learning & Development” Award.

We work with more than 200 leading Life Sciences companies including:

Working with Life Science Access Academy, our company love the variety of the many courses that are on offer. The hour long courses on specific subjects are really useful on Friday lunchtimes for our field teams and gain a lot of interest.

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Marsha Gray, Training Specialist

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd

We have been partnered with LSAA for several years now which has enabled our team members to develop their competencies and capabilities.

With over 700 learning modules, regular webinars on highly relevant topics across the UK, the opportunity to engage with expert speakers after events and regular blogs and newsletters, the platform is a highly valued resource at Ferring.

The team also provides regular usage statistics so we can understand the hot topics in Ferring and enable colleagues to share knowledge and experience with each other.

Paul Runeckles, Director of Execution Excellence


Frontier Medical has fully implemented, Life Science Access Academy allowing Sales and Marketing to utilise the system. Maximising on line learning for all remote staff stimulates a culture of self-development giving individuals the accountability and responsibility to broaden their skills set.

Life Science Access Academy training is topical and a good fit for the faced paced healthcare market.

Simon Warden, National Sales Manager

Frontier Medical Group

I have found the training via the Life Science Access Academy to be excellent and I know many of my colleagues have as well.

The content is always kept up to date and there is huge and interesting variety of topics covered. The site is curated in a way that makes it clear and easy to navigate. Also, the staff at Life Science access Academy are friendly and responsive and all the experts are always knowledgeable in their areas.

Richard Edmonds

Gedeon Richter Women's Health

The variety and relevancy of content brings value to many different roles across the healthcare industry.

I have also been overwhelmed by the way the Life Science Access Academy team have accommodated our own business needs, being sensitive yet responsive to helping us since its formation.

Robb Sayers, UK Capability Lead

ViiV Healthcare