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Three-Minute Interview: Mark Swayne

Written by Giedre on 26th April 2019

We truly believe it our people that make this business great. In the next edition of our ongoing series, we get to know Mark Swayne, our Assay Development Scientist.

What were you doing before you joined AbBaltis?

I graduated from the University of Reading in 2009 with a BSc in Biological Sciences and went straight on to undertake a Masters in Cell Biology from the University of Kent. I then worked at Vivacta here at Kent Science Park and I continued to work there when Novartis purchased the company. I was there for six years in total. I started working here at AbBaltis in June 2018.

What has been your journey here at AbBaltis?

I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far. Certainly I think that things can work better in a smaller team, as there is more room for innovation. It is also a completely different situation to be working with the owner of the company on a daily basis and getting to learn from her directly. I have also had the opportunity to bring some useful working practises to AbBaltis, such as suggesting we introduce an Internal Newsletter to keep staff apprised of developments.

What does your job entail?

I develop tests for blood samples that may or may not already exist. I come up with tests to meet the specific needs of our customers.

What do you like about working here?

I certainly relish the independence that I have here. A lot of the time Giedre trusts me to just get on with things, which I really appreciate. Because we are a much smaller business compared to what I was used to previously, I have much more visibility of the how the work I am doing has a positive impact on the business. We are also able to be a lot more agile when it comes to decision-making, which is absolutely brilliant.

Finally, tell us a “fun fact” about yourself

I hold a Black Belt in Karate, although now that I have a young daughter I don’t have nearly as much free time as I would like!

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