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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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