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Mum's the word at Biovault

The UK’s largest private tissue bank underwent a management reorganisation a year ago, and three Mums are now running Biovault Technical Ltd. Ann-Marie Davies, a mum of 3, is responsible for Business and Finance, Kate Sneddon, a mother of 2, is in charge of operations and Joanna Tilley, also a mum of 2, is responsible for Business Development.

Mum’s the word

Ann-Marie started her career in practice working with small and medium sized businesses helping with accounts preparation and the audit of the larger ones. Ann-Marie qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1996 . In 2004, after more than 10 years in practice and having varying roles up to Assistant Manager, she left Francis Clark Chartered Accountants for a career in industry and started as the Financial Controller at a local Print and Direct Mail Company. After 6 years in industry and after gaining valuable experience she joined Biovault as their Financial Controller. This was a new challenge in a business sector she knew nothing about but she has found it to be an interesting journey.

Ann-Marie now heads up the finance team and has developed into the Business and Finance Manager role. She has the responsibility for all things financial from controlling the day to day running of the finance function to the contract pricing and proposals. She lives in Cornwall with her three children and her partner and whilst juggling the work life balance can at times be challenging, she feels that Biovault has entered a new era  with a dynamic fresh approach to the business.

Kate Sneddon joined Biovault in July 2009 as Operations Manager.  Prior to this she studied Microbiology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.  On completion of her degree she joined GlaxoWellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) as a Graduate Microbiologist on the companies Graduate Development Programme.  After this 2 year Programme, she became Microbiology Team Manager at one of GSKs manufacturing facilities.  Kate worked for GSK for 10 years and held a number of positions including Lean Sigma Expert, New product Project Manager and Value Stream Leader.

Kate’s desire to move to the South West drew her to Biovault and a new sector in the healthcare industry.  Her experience in Pharmaceutical development and manufacture has allowed her to apply a lot of this knowledge to Biovault.  She has day to day responsibility for the operational facility and all associated staff.   Kate lives in Cornwall with her husband and 2 daughters, and makes the most of living in the Wild West.

Joanna joined Biovault in June 2009 as Scientific Director. After obtaining a PhD in cell separation techniques, she was invited to set up the National Islet Transplant Laboratory in Australia. Following the successful opening of this facility she returned to the UK to set up the clinical islet isolation laboratory at Leicester General Hospital and a bio-artificial liver research project. In 2002 she became the UK manager for Future Health Technologies (now Future health Biobank) and set up the facility in Nottingham. She was then invited to join Virgin Health Bank in 2006, as the Scientific Director and was part of the team responsible for setting up the company and launching its services. She then joined Biovault as the Scientific Director.

Her role has now changed to being the Business Development and Scientific Director, Joanna is also Biovault’s Designated Individual for the Human Tissue Authority and the Processing Facility Director for JACIE.  She lives in Somerset with her husband and 2 boys and after relocating in 2010 is loving family life in the South West of the UK.

Largest Private Tissue Bank

Biovault Technical, the largest private tissue bank in the UK and the only one to work with the NHS in providing human tissue and cells for transplantation. Biovault has processed and stored cord blood since it started operating in 2003, and has also been a service provider to cord blood companies both in the UK and around the world. After many requests from parents who have used its services through other companies and from doctors, it is now offering its cord blood stem cell services direct to expectant parents with Biovault Family.

As the tissue bank for the NHS South-West Peninsula Transplantation Service, it has unrivalled facilities which are also used for the processing and storage of umbilical cord blood. In addition to its expertise in the field of stem cell recovery and storage it also works closely with public and private clinics and hospitals to store and supply a wide range of human tissues for clinical applications.

Cord Blood Stem Cells

It has successfully released cord blood stem cell samples for transplant on behalf of private clients, and over 3,500 bone marrow stem cell samples for transplants, in both private clinics and on behalf of an NHS cancer treatment programme. It also routinely releases other tissue that it stores for use in the NHS. No other cord blood bank has released as many samples for transplantation as Biovault.