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Tissue Solutions Ltd expands service offering with HistologiX Ltd. acquisition

HistologiX Ltd, a leading GLP/GCP compliant IHC and Histology lab, has been acquired by The Intelligent Tissue Group Ltd, joining Tissue Solutions Ltd, world leaders in human tissue provision, to provide a comprehensive integrated range of tissue related CRO services.

Morag McFarlane, Director of The Intelligent Tissue Group and CEO of Tissue Solutions Ltd said “This acquisition is central to our growth strategy as we extend the range of niche services we offer to our clients. Human tissue is core to developing and testing new therapies and biomarkers, immune oncology along with supporting scientists across a broad range of pre-clinical and clinical R&D processes. I am pleased that one of the founders of HistologiX, Andrew Lawrence and his team will remain with the business. We look forward to working with them to deliver IHC and contract histology services”.

Andrew Lawrence of HistologiX said “We are delighted to be joining Tissue Solutions and to have the opportunity to enhance our potential by continuing to work together in partnership‘’.

Tissue Solutions and HistologiX both share the same core values and work ethics and have worked together synergistically for many years. This partnership formalises their relationship. HistologiX will continue to trade as an independent company as part of The Intelligent Tissue Group Ltd.

Enquiries:
Tissue Solutions Ltd, Morag@tissue-solutions.com Tel +44 (0)141 299 0055
HistologiX, Andrew.Lawrence@histologix.co.uk Tel +44 (0) 115 912 4460

Notes for editors
Tissue Solutions Ltd is a well-established global virtual biobank sourcing ethically acquired, fully consented human tissue and biomaterials to help scientists develop and test new drugs. The company provides a customised tissue provision service, quickly sourcing materials to individual requirements ensuring projects are not constrained by access to human biomaterials or collection timelines.

HistologiX Ltd – is a Leading Independent UK Specialist histopathology company, which is GLP accredited and GCP compliant, providing precision quantitative IHC/ISH, histology services and solutions. HistologiX can assist with immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybridisation, tissue sourcing, Medical/Veterinary Pathologist review, target development and distribution, efficacy studies, xenograft studies, tissue cross-reactivity of therapeutic antibodies and patient recruitment/stratification.

 


Tissue Solutions and Medicines Discovery Catapult launch service to support UK companies and biobanks

Human samples including tissue, blood and urine, which are essential for medicines research and development, are difficult for small companies working in the field to access. The Medicines Discovery Catapult has launched its second collaborative project to solve this problem. Tissue Solutions, a Scottish provider of ethically sourced human samples required for preclinical drug development and research, will work with the Medicines Discovery Catapult to help UK SMEs and biobanks work together on medical research projects.

The State of the Discovery Nation 2018 report found that 93% of UK SMEs considered access to NHS biosamples for commercial development as hugely important, yet 64% had difficulty in accessing UK tissue samples for medical research. Difficulties due to access leads to 75% of diagnostic SMEs using non-UK sample sources instead. The key issue faced by companies is the process of agreeing and delivering sample access. Although some biobanks in the UK have overcome this issue, many have not, and the problem of access to UK samples remains an area of concern.

Medicines Discovery Catapult is helping to tackle this issue via a new collaboration project which will create a joint team with Tissue Solutions, focussed on supporting UK research companies making agreements with UK biobanks for commercial R&D. Glasgow-based Tissue Solutions is the UK’s specialist provider of ethically sourced human biological samples, with a global customer and supplier network.

The partnership is a two-year commitment supporting the use of consented human samples from UK patients for medical research and development. The partnership complements Medicines Discovery Catapult’s current collaboration with the UK’s Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, which will make consented samples easier to find.

Mr Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government, says:

“It is important for a thriving R&D drug development sector that access to the building blocks of discovery science is enabled for the future health of the population. This collaboration between the Medicines Discovery Catapult and Tissue Solutions is confirmation of the strength of Scottish Life Sciences companies and clearly shows that Scotland is an excellent place to do business.”

Chris Molloy, Chief Executive of the Medicines Discovery Catapult, said:

“The UK has millions of samples and billions of data points collected from UK patients who have generously agreed for them to be used in medical research. Yet we know small companies struggle to access them. That’s a major barrier to the UK’s R&D productivity and represents a missed opportunity for growing the sector. In a globally competitive environment, we must ensure SMEs involved in drug discovery are given all they need to maintain the UK’s strong heritage position in medicines R&D.”

Morag McFarlane, CEO of Tissue Solutions, said:

“Sitting at the interface between Biobanks and scientists working on cutting edge projects is a privileged position to be in. We understand that the best research comes from the best samples. We are committed to providing the very highest quality samples to help advancements in biomedical research and this collaboration will secure the best samples for UK-based organisations.”

Sophia Turner, from UseMYdata patient group, said:

“The use of samples is vital to improve understanding of health and disease. When patients donate samples for medical research, they want to see them used to improve medicines and treatments. This agreement is an important step to ensure they are used as patients intend.”

 

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We are looking to recruit a Business Development Manager

Due to continued and rapid growth we have a new exciting opportunity for a Business Development Manager to join our Global Business Development Team.  The role will be focused on business growth within the US, further strengthening relationships with existing clients as well as seeking out new opportunities.

Further details can be found here.

Please contact us for more details on careers@tissue-solutions.com.

We are hiring, come and join our team!

Due to our continued growth we are now looking for a UK Biological Sample Project Manager.

Tissue Solutions is a leading provider of human bio-specimens for researchers worldwide to help our clients develop and test new therapies. Incorporated in 2007, we are ISO 9001:2015 certified and provide the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with high quality sample sets from a global network of more than 150 sources. Samples include diseased and normal tissue in fresh, frozen, and FFPE formats. We guarantee samples with the highest possible ethical compliance, offering reliable and efficient sourcing of biological material globally.

This is a new position for an experience project manager to work in a joint project with an external partner tasked with solving the current issues around access to UK human biological, procurement, access costs, quality issues, consent & governance. Further details can be found here.

Please contact us for more details on careers@tissue-solutions.com.

 

Sales Administrator – Quotation Specialist

Tissue Solutions (www.tissue-solutions.com) is a leading provider of human bio-specimens for researchers worldwide which are used by our clients to develop and test new therapies. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified and provide the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with high quality sample sets from a global network of more than 150 sources. Samples include diseased and normal tissue in fresh, frozen, and FFPE formats. We guarantee samples with the highest possible ethical compliance, offering reliable and efficient sourcing of biological material globally.

To support our continued growth this is a new position for a Sales Administrator – Quotation Specialist.

  • You will be primarily responsible for handling straightforward price and requests for quotes (RFQ’s) from our Business Development team and overseas Sales Distributors, via email or over the phone and following up on pending or issued quotations.
  • Focus on straightforward quotation enquiries for standard products & services.
  • Prepare pricing and lead-time from standard price lists from suppliers, ensuring they are kept up to date.
  • Manage stock and pricing information from our suppliers ensuring it is in a format that is readily accessible to our overseas Distributors and Business Development Team.
  • Proactively engage with Distributors using phone and email, to identify current and future requirements.
  • When applicable handle requests for information (e.g., shipping/delivery dates)
  • Actively utilize our database to record activities, ensuring contact details are accurate, duplicates are removed, new information is added and accurate call / visit logs are entered.

Good administration, oral and written communication skills, along with a head for figures are essential. You need to be a highly motivated self-starter, with the ability to think innovatively and work independently. Other key skills needed are:

  • Approximately 3 years of sales management experience. 
Quoting experience strongly preferred.
  • Ideally a qualification in life sciences or experience in sales for a life science company.
  • Ability to motivate distributors and effectively engage with customers.  You need to be 
commercially astute with strong negotiating, relationship and networking skills.
  • Reasoning Ability to solve practical customer problems.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions, data and details furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to work with people across different cultures and nationalities.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as customer quotes/contracts, marketing materials, and customer tissue specifications. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

If you would like to apply then please send your covering letter, CV along with details of salary expectations to careers@tissue-solutions.com.

We are hiring, come and join our team!

Due to our continued growth we are now looking for an experienced Procurement and Distributor Manager.

Tissue Solutions is a leading provider of human bio-specimens for researchers worldwide to help our clients develop and test new therapies. Incorporated in 2007, we are ISO 9001:2015 certified and provide the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with high quality sample sets from a global network of more than 150 sources. Samples include diseased and normal tissue in fresh, frozen, and FFPE formats. We guarantee samples with the highest possible ethical compliance, offering reliable and efficient sourcing of biological material globally.

Please contact us for more details on careers@tissue-solutions.com.