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Introduction to our New European Business Development Manager

Michaela-Tissue-solutionsMeet Michaela, our new Business Development Manager at Tissue Solutions, responsible for strengthening our relationships with our European clients in the Healthcare, Pharma and Biotech sectors as well as CROs.

I am Michaela, and I very much enjoy working with our clients, understanding more about their projects and being able to support them with the bespoke services we offer. It is a great privilege to be able to make a contribution to the development of new therapeutics, diagnostic tests and technologies, and see further down the line what a great difference this makes to patients. Before joining Tissue Solutions, I spent 14 years working with a range of global suppliers of products and services to clients in Pharma and Biotech as well as Academic Researchers and CMOs.

My role at Tissue Solutions is to support the great work of our clients by sourcing the human tissue and biofluids that are vital for research projects allowing them to concentrate on the development of the science. Tissue Solutions have access to more than 100 sources worldwide and supply ethically acquired and fully consented quality human tissue for research.

No two days are the same at Tissue Solutions, it is an exciting, vibrant and dedicated company who are passionate about what they do for their clients. I am looking forward to working with my clients on future projects, understanding their needs and providing them with research materials of the highest quality to support their projects, and developing good relationships with them.

Away from Tissue Solutions, I enjoy quality time with my family, outdoor activities and my involvement with a local amateur dramatics group.

Should you have any requests, questions or enquires then please contact me at michaela@tissue-solutions.com or on +44 7826 555433 and I will be happy to assist you.

Best Wishes
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Michaela

Tissue Solutions Ltd Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

Tissue Solutions Ltd are now an accredited Living Wage Employer. The rapidly expanding company has seen a record year, with sales almost doubling after a restructuring in 2015. The move has been welcomed by the Poverty Alliance who deliver the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Tissue Solutions LTD, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the highest band of the national minimum wage rate of £7.20 which only applies to over 25s.The company went one step further by extending the Living Wage rate to all interns on temporary contracts too.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually which is a voluntary rate for employers. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Tissue Solutions Return to Europe’s Leading Biomarkers Congress for 2017

Tissue Solutions are once more returning to Oxford Global’s Biomarkers Congress. Going into its 12th year and returning to Manchester, UK, this event will delve into the insights into the latest biomarker innovations, technologies, and drivers into biomarker development such as systems biology, population genetics, data analytics and precision medicine.

Attending this event on 21-22 February 2017 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, we are looking forward to discovering collaborative solutions to biomarker discovery and development challenges. Industry leaders will discuss the latest opportunities in biomarkers in drug discovery, biomarker assay development & validation, safety, translation in therapeutic areas such as neurological, oncology, immune-oncology, cardiovascular, inflammatory rare diseases, COPD, and microbiome disease markers.

If you are interested in attending, we can help with guest passes at a reduced rate. Please e-mail us at enquiries@tissue-solutions.com to find out further details.

Meet Wilma, our new Business Development Manager

wilma-tissue-solutionsMeet Wilma, our new Business Development Manager at Tissue Solutions, responsible for strengthening our relationships with academic researchers and research Institutes globally.

I’m Wilma. I have a passion for science, interacting with people and learning about new technologies and drug discovery. Before joining Tissue Solutions, I spent 15 years working with an international provider of services to Life Science researchers. I also have experience of working with the NHS and understand the challenges faced in the delivery of such a fantastic service.

My role at Tissue Solutions is to support the excellent work of the academic researchers by sourcing the human tissue and biofluids that are vital for your research work while you concentrate on the development of the science. Tissue Solutions have access to more than 100 sources worldwide to access not only the difficult to find samples but also the samples such as PBMC’s that you may require on a day to day basis at short notice.

No two days are the same at Tissue Solutions, it is a exciting, vibrant and dedicated company who are passionate about what we do for our clients. I am looking forward to working with you in the future sourcing the vital samples that you require for your research and developing good relationships with my clients.

Away from Tissue Solutions, I enjoy the outdoor life, a cold glass of wine, a good book and quality time with my family.

Should you have any requests, questions or enquires then please contact me at Wilma@tissue-solutions.com or on 07825685273 and I will be happy to assist you.

Tissue Solutions Ltd Among the First to Transition to the New ISO 9001:2015 Standard

Tissue Solutions, a globts-NewISO9001-2015Standardal provider of human biomaterials for research, are proud to be one of the first companies in the UK to achieve certification to the 2015 version of the ISO 9001 Management standard. Tissue Solutions was independently assessed in January 2016, and achieved certification with no major non-conformances.

The company was awarded its certification by Maureen Sumner-Smith BSI’s UK managing director at a special presentation event held at the BSI’s headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Dr Fiona Mackenzie, Client Services Director commented “We are delighted to have achieved our goal in such a short timeframe. All companies certified to ISO 9001:2008 have three years to transition to the new standard but when we looked at the new standard we realised that it reflected the way we already did business, so it made sense for us to be an early adopter. We are pleased to tell our customers that Tissue Solutions continues to lead in compliance and this again demonstrates our commitment to putting excellence at the heart of our business”.

Tissue Solutions continued expansion

Tissue Solutions is continuing to expand and we have now added a new dedicated Business Development Manager to our team. Michaela Downie will be responsible for strengthening our relationships with our European clients in the Healthcare, Pharma and Biotech sectors as well as CROs.

Michaela Downie joins the company following 14 years experience working with a range of global suppliers of products and services to clients in Pharma and Biotech as well as Academic Researchers and CMOs, and will be the main contact for all your human biospecimen requirements in mainland Europe. Tissue Solutions ltd is a leading provider of ethically sourced human primary cells, biofluids and tissue for research. With the increasing need for access to high quality biospecimens for personalised and new discovery medicine the demand for our services is higher than ever. The addition of Michaela to our team demonstrates our commitment to expand our unique bespoke service to all our clients across Healthcare, Pharma, Biotech and Academic sectors.

Should you have any requests, questions or enquires then please contact Michaela by email michaela@tissue-solutions.com or on 07826 555433 who will be happy to assist you.

Tissue Solutions are expanding

Due to the increased demand for our services we now have a new dedicated Business Development Manager responsible for strengthening our relationships with academic researchers and research Institutes globally.

Wilma Anderson joins the company following 15 years experience working with a international provider of services to academic and Life Science researcher and will be the main contact for all your human biospecimen requirements. Tissue Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of ethically sourced human primary cells, biofluids and tissue for research. With the increasing need for access to high quality biospecimens for personalised and new discovery medicine the demand for our services is higher than ever. The addition of Wilma to our team demonstrates our commitment to expand our unique bespoke service to all our clients across Healthcare, Pharma, Biotech and Academic sectors.

Should you have any requests, questions or enquires then please contact wilma@tissue-solutions.com or on 07825685273 who will be happy to assist you.

Tissue Solutions Receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise

From the outset Glasgow-based Tissue Solutions focussed on meeting worldwide demand for ethically sourced human biomaterials.

Company founders, Dr Morag McFarlane and Dr Ann Cooreman, knew there was a big international demand for human tissue and other samples for medical and scientific research—and set about meeting it.

Seven years on, the company’s success during the UK’s longest and deepest recession for five decades, saw it receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

Presenting the award, Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant, congratulated the founders for their vision in identifying a market need and acting on it:

“From a two person team you have built this business into a successful international venture supplying human biomaterials and scientific expertise to multinational companies.

“The Queen’s Award is the UK’s highest for business success and it is hugely deserved in recognition of Tissue Solutions’ astonishing record of overseas growth.

“It is a success story that would be the envy of any company director. Your global reach and the worldwide demand for your services, that help advance important medical research, means your future is assured.

“You have built a world class business and both you and your workforce must be very proud.”

Tissue Solutions supplies and services 200 global clients, including the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies. More than 60 per cent of its export sales come from Europe and the USA, but it also has clients as far afield as Japan and Australia.

In the last three years it has seen overseas growth of 179 per cent and has a more than 80 per cent repeat order success rate. The business employs 11 staff and is based at the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow.

It acts as a ‘virtual bio-bank’ sourcing and ensuring delivery of fully consented samples from more than 20 countries across four continents for its clients. These have a wide range of applications including discovering new therapies and predicting how drugs will behave in patients.

Chief executive officer, Dr McFarlane, said: “We really appreciate the formal recognition of our company’s growth into international markets with this Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This reflects a lot of hard work and dedication from every one of our team here in Glasgow and is testament to our reliable collaborations, both with our sources and with our clients worldwide, which are a key factor in our business.”

Chief Operating Officer, Dr Cooreman agreed with this and added that increasing profitable business overseas was good for both the company and the UK.

Innovations in Pharmaceutical Technology, March 2015

In this article, Dr Fiona Mackenzie considers whether supply of human biomaterials can have an impact on research and development. R&D lies in the hands of a strong supply of human tissue samples, both healthy and diseased. But what are the potential barriers to access, and how can the industry ensure that well-stocked biobanks are maintained and made available? Download this article to find out more.