Virginia Picot graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Biochemistry, and moved straight into employment in the pharmaceutical industry as an Analytical Biochemist. Her first position was at Beechams Pharmaceuticals, and subsequently at SmithKline and French, Wellcome and GlaxoWellcome, working within their Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics Departments. Ginny was responsible for the development of chromatographic methods for the analysis of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids from preclinical and clinical studies.
In 1997 Ginny decided to become a self-employed consultant, specialising in validation and regulatory compliance of computerised systems used within all stages of the drug development process. Ginny undertook many short and long term projects in the UK, Europe and USA, either alone or as an associate of the consultancies R D McDowall Ltd and IT’sQA. Through the work with IT’sQA, Ginny branched into support for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), providing Quality system, validation and auditing support.
In 2009 Ginny joined Imperial College as Validation and Test Lead for their new electronic clinical trials system, InForm, with responsibility for ensuring that the InForm trials developed by the team performed exactly as requested, and met the regulatory demands of current GCP. The team moved to their current location in the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU) at St Mary’s campus in 2011.
In June 2014 Ginny moved to the position of ICTU Quality Assurance Manager, and is now responsible for ensuring that clinical trials within ICTU are conducted to the standards required by Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and for maintaining the Quality Management system.
Ginny is a Chartered Scientist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of the Research Quality Association.