MEET THE TEAM

Meet a few of the amazing team who work behind the scenes at Life Science Group.

Jenny Murray

Managing Director

Jenny serves as Managing Director. She is also the owner of LSG, a company that she started in 2008.  The company was originally formed as a virtual company offering project support for antibody generation projects.  Life Science Group has developed a lot since those days. Now we offer three divisions of expertise; Antibody Generation, Life Science Reagent Manufacture and Components and Reagents for Diagnostic Kits and Kit Design. Jenny has over 30 years of experience in antibody generation and the cell culture industry in the UK and worldwide. She also has a track record in building successful SMEs.

 In the 1980s, Jenny worked with César Milstein to offer the first commercially available monoclonal antibodies to the research community.  She recently completed a three-year term as Chair of the International Serum Industry Association. Jenny currently serves on the ISIA Board and also sub-committees for Regulatory Affairs and Traceability.  She is very proud to be a Trustee of an educational charity WhatisBiotechnology and contributes regularly to content. www.whatisbiotechnology.org.  This charity aims to bring the important stories surrounding biotechnology to a wider and younger audience.

Dominic Wallace

Operations and Facility Manager

Dominic started at LSG in September 2020 as the Operations Manager and has since been promoted to the Operations and Facility Manager. He makes sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly. Dom has previous experience managing as he was a productions manager for over 13 years. Outside of work, he plays guitar in the popular Northampton band Stormbringer. Dom enjoys taking his two dogs, Ziggy and Rocky, for walks with his wife.

Michel Mrad

Business and Marketing Change Manager

Michel joined LSG in December 2022 as Business and Marketing Change Manager. LSG has entered into a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (mKTP) with Coventry University supported, funded and led by Innovate UK. Michel is the mKTP associate. KTPs encourage collaboration between businesses and universities in the United Kingdom.

Michel completed a master’s degree in Marketing Management from Coventry University in 2018 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has more than 12 years of business and marketing experience gained in both the UK and Lebanon. Throughout Michel’s career, he has been recognised for implementing several successful marketing campaigns, online and offline, for different organisations from different sectors and helping companies to promote their products and services. Michel’s role as a management KTP Associate is to work with Coventry university and LSG to apply contemporary knowledge and expertise in the industry. Included in Michel’s role is the development of the Marketing and Business Strategy for LSG to ensure sustainable and continued growth.

Out of work, Michel enjoys travel, dancing, exercising with his 2 dogs, and balancing a desire to keep fit with his passion for chocolate.

Leonie Wilson

Production and Lab Manager

Leonie completed her BSc at The University of Sheffield, Biomedical Science and her MSc at Sheffield Hallam, Molecular and Cell Biology – specifically looking at the role ADAMTS (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs) played in stroke. Her PhD was done at Queen’s University Belfast in Molecular Parasitology, specifically looking at preventing plant parasitic nematodes from destroying crops and matters concerning global food security.

Leonie’s previous positions developed recombinant protein expression skills in several hosts.

She is interested in playing netball and cooking different foods.

Parijat Das

Technical Manager of Antibody Production Services

Parijat is the Technical Manager of Antibody Production Service (APS), a division of LSG. She has completed her Ph.D. in ‘Cellular microbiology’, having twelve years of laboratory research experience in Cell and Molecular Biology. Parijat has strong experience in mammalian cell culture (CHO, Splenocytes, NS0 murine myeloma and human monocytic cell line), hybridoma techniques, antibody production, purification and expression. She gained more than 7 years of cell and molecular biology research experience where she got expertise with qPCR, RT-qPCR, Digital PCR, PCR-restriction enzyme pattern analysis (PCR-REA), Cloning and Expression Vector, Affinity-HPLC, SEC-HPLC, ELISA and SDS-PAGE & Western blotting. She has efficiently worked to develop and validate diagnostic kits for the rapid detection of infectious Bovine Mycobacterium SP, including the production and purification of monoclonal antibodies and development of Indirect and DOT ELISA. She also has several scientific publications in national and international journals and she taught postgraduate students.

Hollie Sharpe

Production and Lab Supervisor

Hollie joined LSG in Oct 2023 as the Production and Laboratory supervisor.

After completing her BSc degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 2007, she went into the IVD industry working at ThermoFisher as a Production Technician manufacturing ELISA diagnostics kits. Since then, Hollie has always had a keen interest in immunology, and utilising antibodies for use in diagnostic testing.

She has 16 years’ experience working in highly regulated IVD and pharmaceutical companies under various ISO standard, the MHRA Orange Guide, EudraLex Volume 4 (GMP) and FDA 21CFR part 820 to name a few. The positions she has held have spanned across R&D, Manufacturing, Quality control and Quality assurance departments. Hollie's previous experience means she is well placed to supervise the GMP production and Laboratory processes at LSG.

Most recently she was responsible for managing a small team of scientists and technicians in the Technical Department of a IVD manufacturing company. Here she developed project management skills which supported the product verification and validation for analytical and clinical testing both in-house and at NHS facilities to produce the Technical Documentation required to support IVDD and IVDR requirements for CE and UKCA marking.

Another notable achievement in her career was working in a small team to develop a highly specific point of care lateral flow device which could detect Methotrexate without cross reactivity to its drug metabolites.

Hollie has a customer centric approach and enjoys project managing the custom manufacturing within LSP and APS ensuring our customers have the highest quality products to support innovation and scientific developments in their fields of research.

In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, trying out new vegan and vegetarian recipes and long walks.