Simon Saxby – CEO

Simon joined Leaf Expression Systems as CEO in August 2018, having previously been on the company’s Science Advisory Board. Simon has over thirty years of global international experience in life sciences, including his recent roles as CEO of Stratophase Ltd and Project Director for the design and build of the UK Government’s Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult commercial scale GMP Manufacturing Centre in Stevenage. He is a course mentor for the Cambridge University MBE programme and has also served as a Visiting Lecturer in Industrial Biotechnology at Vienna Medical and Technical University, and as a Course Student Advisor at The Boston University School of Management, USA.

Dr Nicholas Holton – Research and Development Manager

Nick graduated from the University of Otago with a PhD in Biochemistry. He has extensive postdoctoral experience working on the biochemistry and function of plant membrane receptors and has also worked for many years with Agrobacterium and Nicotiana species. Nick joined Leaf Expression Systems in February 2017.

Dr Ross Overman – Process Development Manager

Ross graduated from the University of York with a degree in biochemistry and holds a PhD in Biomolecular Science from the University of Manchester. He had worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years where he has produced a range of proteins to support drug discovery across a number disease areas. Ross joined Leaf Expression Systems in August 2018.

Dr Albor Dobon – Senior Microbiologist

Albor joined Leaf Expression Systems in July 2018, after working here for three months as part of the  BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account. He graduated from the UPV (Spain) with a MSc. Eng. in Agronomy and a PhD in Plant Biotechnology. He has been a Marie Curie Fellow at the John Innes Centre where he has been involved in several projects, including exploring the plant production of VLPs in the Professor George Lomonossoff Lab.

Rebecca Baldwin –  Senior Laboratory Technician

Beccy joined Leaf Expression Systems in August 2018. Her previous work experience has included 5 years with Anglian Water in their Microbiology Laboratories and 11 years at the University of East Anglia working across the Science Faculty as a Senior Technician. She has a degree in Ecology from the University of East Anglia and is a Science Council Registered Scientist.

Sarah Smith – Process Development Scientist

Sarah graduated from Aston University with a degree in Biomedical Science with Professional Training. Before joining Leaf Expression Systems in February 2018 she worked for a CRO as a Protein Purification Scientist for 18 months focusing on the purification and analysis of antibodies.

Karen Annison – Apprentice Laboratory Technician

Karen joined Leaf Expression Systems in August 2017. She finished sixth form in 2014, studying Business studies, Travel and tourism and science. She is currently working towards a laboratory technician qualification at West Suffolk College.

Joe Ball – Apprentice Laboratory Technician

Joe joined Leaf Expression Systems in August 2017 after finishing his A-levels in Maths, Further maths and Physics. He is currently working towards a laboratory technician qualification through college release days at West Suffolk College.

Rebecca Holland – Senior Support Assistant

Becca joined Leaf Expression Systems in November 2016 having been on the Norwich Research Park at the John Innes Centre for 7 years working in Business Development and External Relations. She was involved in the very early stages of the initiation of the Leaf Expression Systems project in a supporting admin role. Becca has worked in the NHS and commercial sectors and has over 25 years working as a PA at Board level.

Peter Garrod – Facilities Manager

Peter joined Leaf Expression Systems  in February 2018 from Scottow Enterprise Park where he had a key engineering role in the rapid transformation of the derelict former RAF site of 600 acres and over 100 buildings.

Previously he worked in the private sector as a UK engineering leader with the Fertiliser industry. R&D and Innovation are key areas for Peter.

Farhan Mitha – Marketing and Communications Officer

Farhan Joined Leaf Expression Systems in May 2018 having previously worked in Communications at the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA). Farhan graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia and did his dissertation on the characterisation of cryptic biosynthetic genes in antibiotic-producing bacteria. He also spent a year studying abroad at the University of California Santa Barbara.