Concept Life Sciences is a knowledge-based, science-led business providing a wide range of innovative and integrated solutions to clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, environmental, agrochemical, petrochemical, chemical and consumer products sectors. We also work closely with academic groups.
Formed in 2014, our business has expanded through a mix of organic growth and targeted acquisition. Today, we are home to more than 600 employees, working from ten sites across the UK, sharing a common focus on problem solving, quality, collaboration, communication and flexibility.
By bringing together teams of highly trained scientists, excellent laboratory facilities and an in-depth understanding of our core markets, we have created a business that is greater than the sum of its parts. This synergy means we have the in-house resources to offer a range of integrated services to our clients.
Our operations are structured around two divisions. Our Integrated Discovery and Development Services division supports discovery and development in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical, chemical and consumer industries. Our Analytical Services division provides an extensive range of integrated services to clients in the life sciences, food, industrial and environmental sectors.
We have an outstanding management team with a proven track record. Our people have many years’ experience in the industry. Many of them are leading scientists with long and distinguished careers in their chosen field of expertise.
Integrated Discovery & Development Services
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr Paul Doyle
From 1981 to 1996, Paul held a variety of senior positions in research for the Wellcome Foundation at Beckenham in Kent, culminating in Senior Research Scientist for the Drug Discovery Unit.
Paul was most recently Technical Director at BioFocus (now BioFocus DPI, a Galapagos company) where between 1997 and 2003, he was a founding scientist and Director of Chemistry. Paul holds a degree in chemistry from New College, Oxford and achieved his D. Phil. at the University of Sussex in 1981. He has previously been Secretary to the UK Peptide and Protein Group and was one of the instigators of the BioMolecular Structure Unit at the University of Sussex.
Head of Biology
Dr Chris Doe
Chris joined Concept Life Sciences in 2016 as Head of Biology.
Prior to this he was Head of Safety Pharmacology and Systems Pharmacology groups at Almirall Spain, where he was responsible for the pharmacology support and pre-clinical development of the respiratory and inflammatory drug discovery projects, several of which have transitioned to the clinic.
At GSK Chris spent a number of years working in the cardiovascular and urogenital drug discovery group in Philadelphia and has experience in leading programmes from target validation through to candidate selection. His disease area expertise includes cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, inflammation , CNS and urogenital diseases. He is also an experienced Safety Pharmacologist. Chris obtained his degree in pharmacology and PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology from the University of Leeds, followed by a post-doc with Pfizer in Groton.
Head of Chemistry
Dr David Leese
David joined Concept Life Sciences in 2003.
Since then he has successfully managed numerous teams and projects for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. He gained his first degree from the University of Bradford and was awarded his PhD in 2003 from the University of Sheffield, working on nucleophillic catalysis under the tutelage of Alan Spivey. David is currently a member of SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group and holds an MBA from the University of Bradford, School of Management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and has responsibility for all our chemistry activities.
VP BD Safety & Toxicology Services
Dr Mike Piper
Before joining the company, Mike worked as a management consultant at ZS Associates and Arthur Andersen.
He also worked in life sciences business development and licensing at Ardana plc. Mike joined Concept Life Sciences in 2008. He holds a BSc from Strathclyde University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
VP BD Pre Clinical Services
Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the CRO industry and a wealth of knowledge about pre-clinical services.
During his career he has been responsible for sales in toxicology, pharmacology, metabolism and bio-analytics in the UK, Scandinavian and Benelux territories. Before joining the company he worked for WIL Research for six years. He started his career in an operational role with Inveresk Research (Charles River) before moving into business development with Covance Harrogate. He has also worked for Parexel and Harlan.
VP BD Integrated Discovery Services
Gordon has over 25 years of commercial experience having held a number of senior positions in companies offering scientific services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
He was responsible for business development and strategic alliances at Proteros Biostructures. Whilst there, Gordon played a key role in Proteros’ growth. Before this Gordon was responsible for European Business development at Codexis Inc. He has a BSc in Applied Microbiology
Head of Medicinal Chemistry
Dr Paul Bradley
Paul joined Concept Life Sciences in September 2016 as Head of Chemistry at our Sandwich site.
He holds a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (Leeds University) and has 25 years’ post doctoral experience in the UK pharmaceutical and CRO industries. Prior to joining the company he created a medicinal chemistry operation at Charnwood Molecular which enabled the company to offer a medicinal chemistry service to its clients, helping them double in size. Prior to this Paul worked as a synthetic medicinal chemist at Knoll Pharmaceuticals (11 years) and then as a Project Leader at Pfizer (10 years).
Paul has worked on diverse classes of medicinal chemistry targets in a variety of therapeutic areas. He has a proven track record of success in helping to deliver 12 NCEs into development and 3 small molecules into Phase 2 clinical trials. This is supported by an impressive publication record in both medicinal and synthetic chemistry (approximately 30 scientific publications which are patents, papers and reviews). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and has responsibility for all our medicinal chemistry activities.
Chief Technical Officer Group Technical Services
Simon has a proven track record in delivering specialist analytical services to support early stage drug development programmes.
His focus is not only on introducing new technologies and managing our laboratory work flows within a quality compliant environment but also forging long lasting relationships with clients and suppliers. During an impressive and distinguished career, Simon has overseen a wide range of specialist analytical activities covering both research and development and GMP manufacturing. He has worked on numerous publications.
VP Sales Analytical Services
Darryl has held sales and marketing leadership roles with several Fortune 500 companies.
With over 28 years’ experience in the industry, he has been instrumental in bringing innovative disruptive technology to the global chemical market. Darryl’s most recent role was for a world leading CRO that provides analytical and testing capabilities to the chemical and agro-chemical sectors.
VP Operations Analytical Services
David has over 26 years’ experience in FMCG manufacturing and has worked with major blue chip and market leading companies to deliver significant change programmes.
With a background in operational management, particularly how to utilise Lean principles in a continuous improvement environment, he has strong people development skills and an in-depth understanding of how to leverage the very best performance from existing and integrated teams.
Group Finance Director
After graduating from Durham University, Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003. He trained with Grant Thornton, where he rose to the position of Senior Manager with a portfolio of predominantly listed and private-equity backed clients, with turnover ranging from £20 million to £2 billion. More recently, he was Group Financial Controller of an AIM listed business within the environmental sector. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA).
Group HR Director
Sarah has 20 years HR experience gained across a range of industry sectors including banking, law, food manufacturing and testing, inspection & certification. She has held various international roles that have required managing resources in Russia, India, US, Middle East and Europe. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, she also has a Masters degree in Strategic Human Resources. Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge to the company, particularly in change management, organisation design, talent management, internal communications and how to integrate acquisitions into a wider group. She joined Concept Life Sciences in 2016.
Group Purchasing Manager
Rob leads our Group Purchasing team and is responsible for developing and delivering our purchasing strategy across a complex supply base. He has over 14 years of purchasing experience gained across various industry sectors including banking, manufacturing and environmental services. Whilst at Citibank, Rob moved into a vendor management role in 2003 whereby he gained valuable experience of contract negotiations and managing key supplier relationships. He moved into the life sciences industry in 2011 where his skills were further developed by managing both direct and indirect procurement across a larger spend.
Head of Marketing
Sarah gained 12 years marketing experience at Peakdale Molecular, now Concept Life Sciences, before taking on the position of Head of Marketing with a company-wide remit. In this role she has been instrumental in rebranding the company in its present form, building the marketing team and shaping the marketing strategy. Sarah has a Masters in Chemistry from Bristol and holds the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing and DIM Diploma in Digital Marketing.
Group IT Director
Richard joined Concept as Group IT Director in 2015. Over the last 20 years, Richard has held IT Leadership roles in the Life Sciences, Betting, Banking and Consulting sectors. With experience of managing multi-national IT teams, Richard has a proven track record for delivering strategic change, operational improvement and strong technical, support, development and project management teams.
Rob joined Concept Life Sciences in 2013. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in chemical and food manufacturing companies including Unilever, ICI and Northern Foods. He has held both UK and international senior finance roles managing global and European teams. Rob has broad functional experience having led finance, supply chain, customer service, procurement and IT departments. He has also led numerous improvement projects such as system implementations, process improvements and has considerable M&A experience. Rob is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
James joined Concept Life Sciences in 2015, moving to his current role as Financial Director in 2016. His previous roles have been with the Ministry of Defence and then with a private equity-backed wholesaler. He has a BA from Durham University, an MBA from Bond University, Australia, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA CGMA).