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Blog | 7 July 2021

A day in the life: Grace Simmons (Clinical Team Assistant)

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In this series, we spotlight different people in our team and learn what a typical day at Healx is like for them.

Say hello to Grace Simmons 👋


“I grab a cup of coffee and open my laptop. I much prefer an early start than a late finish, so I use the first hour to check messages – we mainly use Slack at Healx – and organise my to-do list for the day.”


“My job varies a lot and every day is different. I work in the Clinical Team and our main responsibility is to design and deliver clinical trials to determine if the drugs identified by our AI technology are safe and effective in a particular rare disease.

Today, I’m focusing on coordinating our clinical contracts and writing up the minutes from yesterday’s monthly team meeting.”


“At lunchtime I’ll normally either take my dog out for a walk or squeeze in a workout, before having a bite to eat. Today it’s Buddy’s lucky day and I took him round the lake at Grafham Water. The weather was lovely and sunny. Having him around certainly makes working remotely a lot more fun!”


“With lunch out the way, I dive into working on our clinical trial programmes. I assist with study documents and project planning. I love this part of my job as it makes me feel super connected to our mission: discovering new treatments for rare diseases and making a difference in the world!”


“I have a fortnightly project team meeting for our upcoming clinical trial, which is run by the Project Manager. Their role is to coordinate the study and work closely with our vendors. It’s a busy meeting which usually includes team members from pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and health economics and market access. We all work together on the disease project, and,in this meeting, we discuss study status and planned actions.”


“I close my laptop and head off to an exercise class. I always like to shake off the day with some exercise. Then back in time to make dinner. Tonight I’m cooking up a stir fry with noodles, before nestling down for the night watching suits.“

If you enjoyed reading about Grace’s work and are interested in joining the team, check out our careers page.