Chocolate Cake…

I am reliably informed that the key to a successful chocolate cake is only known by the cake makers. There are many recipes with everything from incredible detail through to general guidance. The difference is all down to the experience and instinct of the cook. Only they know how much mixing…how much cooking…and how much chocolate.

This all came to pass on Friday. Friday was my last day at work and we had the most amazing chocolate cake to celebrate my 26.5 years. I had never really thought about the day I would leave. Why should I? I had never really thought about leaving. But there we were. The messages in the card were heartfelt and genuinely moving and the chocolate cake was superb.

Leaving a company after such a long time was – in the end – simpler than I had expected. The company is so much; so many; and so massive. It is more than any one person and way much more than me. It will succeed and thrive without me. It will grow, advance, adapt and continue to deliver amazing products to treat patients across the world who are waiting.

Leaving my friends and colleagues was – in the end – every bit as hard as I had expected. There are so many. They are too good and so special. And there was not enough time for me to thank them all for being there; for teaching me; for accommodating me; and for befriending me. Real friends are rare. Colleagues who I care about, I like and I trust. I know our relationships will change, will adapt and will distance. But we will always be friends.

And now I look forward. I am free to look forward. I don’t like to look back. I love to learn from our past, but I work hard to avoid reminiscing. The past is behind me. Expending energy looking back has never helped me.

That having been said, if I do find myself feeling nostalgic, I am amazed at my ability to view any moment in my history in such a positive light. I am sure this is (in part) because – like everyone else – I have a great memory of who was there, how we worked together, and the fun we had…and I have an awful memory of what exactly we were doing and what else was going on around us in the organisation. But as someone pointed out to me, this is definitely the right way round. Wouldn’t it be awful if we remembered all the gory details and forgot who we were working with and – worse still – the great times we had together? Scary.

When I explained last week what I was doing next in my career, a great and long standing friend told me that I am being true to my word. I will indeed continue to work in the pharmaceutical industry. But I am not working in big Pharma…although I will be working with big Pharma. I am so enthused by what I am about to do. I feel so energised by the people I am going to be working with. Passionate and committed colleagues. Outstanding scientists with a desire to deliver, to impact and to contribute. I am going to develop so many new friendships. I am going to learn so much so quickly. I am going to have so much fun. Scary.

I look forward with excitement and anticipation. Such excitement and such anticipation. I look back with pride and affection. Such pride and such affection. But there is a large blank sheet in front of me…waiting.

And I can’t wait!




About Steve Street

I have worked in R&D within the Pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years. Up until April 2012 all of my career had been with one company, but that has now changed. I left that company and took up a new role on May 1, 2012 - still very much within the Pharmaceutical industry and again based in the UK. I have been blogging every week now for over 10 years but only on an external site since January 2012. Email updates of the blogs can be requested using the ‘follow’ option within Wordpress. The blogs are only ever my personal view of what I see, think and feel. I am delighted if you agree and find value; happy if you disagree with my views and overjoyed if you feel motivated to comment. Most of all I am simply grateful that you read. Cheers Steve
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8 Responses to Chocolate Cake…

  1. kathygibson says:

    Good luck Steve. I am sure this is a bittersweet time for you, as it was for many of us who have moved on. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you. Pfizer enabled us to hone our professional skills, do something good in the world and work with some truly amazing people. May the next phase of your career and life be even more blessed.

    • Steve Street says:


      How true….bittersweet is a great description of the feeling.

      Many thanks for taking the time to comment – I hope our paths cross again in the not too distant future.



  2. Graham Baker says:

    Rather frustratingy you dd not mention who you are moving on to so I checked your inked in details 🙂 Just seen you have changed your profile to Covance in Harrogate. Good luck with your new role – Roche do a lot of work with Covance so hopefully our paths will cross again in the future and we’ll toast colleagus and friends that we have known
    All the best

    • Steve Street says:


      I am glad you found the answer – I have always avoided naming names or companies in the blogs…force of habit I guess.

      I am really excited about the new role and opportunity and as you indicate it should also bring me into contact with old colleagues as well as new ones.

      Many thanks for the message and comments.



  3. jefryshields says:

    Congratulations Steve!! Good luck to you on your new adventure – I hope it is filled with success, inspiration and … dare I say it… FUN!! 🙂

    We’re all rooting for you mate!

  4. David Staub says:

    Just came across this Steve – Princeton is a little further from GLP than your previous job – but I’m sure we’ll see you this summer!

    • Steve Street says:


      Great to hear from you…there’s a flight from Philadelphia to New Haven so my plans definitely (or do I mean hopefully) involve GLP.



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