02.04.2007 - 03.04.2007 10 °C
I can't believe that it's Tuesday already! I spent yesterday in the Cytyc UK office. They are in the middle of a major renovation - they had half of an office building and have acquired the other half. Much of the day the work crew was breaking through from one side to the other. One of the most impressive areas is the warehouse. For the past several years they have managed their inventory in the space no larger than your average single bay garage - absolutely amazing!
During the day I was able to meet with many of the Cytyc UK team members including Wayne Taylor, VP; Glenn Weatherly, RBD; Clare Daly, HR; and Charlotte Malone, Sales Manager - Diagnostics. It was great getting to know them all and understand more about the similarities and the differences between their roles and the CAS and AE's role in the US. They were all very hospitable and really went above and beyond to make me feel welcomed. I couldn't believe how quickly the day went by.
After a quick ride in Wayne's new Porsche we all had dinner at a great Indian restaurant near the office where they usually take customers during morphology training. The food and company was great!
This morning I began my first adventure with England's public transport system. The Crawley train station is right next to the hotel I'm staying at. I walked across the bridge, got my train ticket and got onboard for the 45 minute trip to Victoria Station. It was a very easy trip, and remarkably quiet! In the train station I found a stand for Krispy Kreme donuts (yum-o). I walked out of the train station and the theatre for Wicked was right in front of me!
I then entered the Victoria Street Underground to continue my trip. The "tube" took me 4 stops to my destination. I wasn't sure which way to head from there but I just started walking to get my bearings and find some street names - Luckily, I was on the right road and at the closest intersection to the laboratory was a STARBUCKS! I was meeting Kate Thunder, CAS/AE for the London area so I gave her a call and asked her to meet me there. She gave me the background of the account we were meeting with and walked me through the plan for the day. We were able to visit two labs - both a private and a public lab and then we drove out to Bristol this evening.
Today turned out to be much more overcast than it's been and the temperature dropped quite a bit. It was an easy 2.5 hour drive from London to Bristol on the M4 freeway. The landscape was very green and very rural. I'm sure it will get even more green as the trees get their leaves back over the next several weeks.
We got into Bristol and then met Charlotte and Dr. Euphemia McGoogan (Pheemie) for dinner. I can't believe that tomorrow is my last full day of this trip and then I'm heading home on Thursday.