Who we are

Tissue Solutions is a customer-focused provider of ethically sourced human samples required for preclinical drug development and research. Our management team has a wealth of experience gained from many years in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

Morag McFarlane, PhD


Morag is the founding director of Tissue Solutions and the Intelligent Tissue Group and has over 30 years experience in pre-clinical research and drug discovery.

Prior to setting up Tissue Solutions in 2007, Morag worked in a number of senior scientific positions at leading CROs. After experiencing first hand the difficulties of ethically procuring human tissue samples, Morag founded the company to address this gap in the market. Since then Morag has grown the business year on year and in 2015 set up the Intelligent Tissue Group to offer a one stop shop with a range of integrated products and services to support drug research and development. This currently includes Tissue Solutions and HistologiX (acquired in 2018). 

Morag has a degree in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Virology.

Fiona Mackenzie, PhD, MBA

Client Services Director

Fiona joined Tissue Solutions Ltd in 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience in the life science sector and has worked in senior roles for both drug discovery and biotechnology companies. 

As Client Services Director Fiona is responsible for ensuring that the delivery of our products and services is seamless for clients. She oversees scientific support at Tissue Solutions and Marketing at the Intelligent Tissue Group. Fiona is responsible for overseeing our robust Quality Management System and successfully transitioned Tissue Solutions to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. 

Fiona completed her degree in Biochemistry at Glasgow University and has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and an MBA.

Simon Goulding, ACA

Consultant Financial Director

Simon joined Tissue Solutions in 2011 as Consulting Finance Director.

Simon comes with a wealth of experience having held a number of high-profile positions including, Chief Operating Officer at Campbell Dallas LLP and latterly Chief Financial Officer of Beeks Financial Cloud Group Plc.  In that role Simon was at the centre of taking the company from a start-up to a successful listing on AIM.

Simon is responsible for the finance function at the Intelligent Tissue Group.  As well as managing the activities of the team, he is involved in the strategic direction of the business, including M&A and financing.

Simon is a Chartered Accountant and has a BComm (Acc) from the University of Birmingham.

Derek McFerran, PhD

Business Development Director

Derek joined Tissue Solutions as Business Development Director in June 2013. Derek has over 20 years’ experience in the life science sector and has worked for both drug discovery and biotechnology companies. He has held a variety of senior operational and commercial roles including Project Management and Business Development.  

Derek is responsible for global business development activities at Tissue Solutions and HistologiX. He has successfully contributed towards the year on year growth of the business through strengthening relationships with our established key clients and identifying new areas to grow our business.

Derek completed his degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Glasgow and holds a PhD in Endocrinology from the University of Manchester.

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