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Professor Stephen Anderton

Group Head of Translational Biology

Steve founded Aquila in 2011 and, as CSO, built the company to acquisition by Concept Life Sciences in 2017. He is now Group Head of Translational Biology across Concept, combining this with his role as Professor of Therapeutic Immunology at the University of Edinburgh, where he is an investigator at the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research and the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre. Steve is an internationally leading immunologist, with 120+ publications on T cell activation, T cell tolerance, Treg biology and immunotherapy of inflammatory disease and cancer. This expertise enables Aquila’s scientific team to deliver our innovative biology platforms.

Professor Stephen Anderton

Clare Doris

VP of Translational Biology

Clare joined Aquila at the point of company creation in 2011, after 13 years working in the global CRO sector (previously Quintiles and Aptuit). Along with company founders and Principal Scientist (Dr Hayley Gooding), Clare has built Aquila into a thriving high growth company that is innovative and responsive to our increasing client requirements. She brings a combination of scientific insight, business acumen and leadership to the Aquila team. Now under the new ownership of Concept Life Sciences (and Spectris) Clare will be instrumental in navigating the team through the transition and beyond.

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Clare Doris

Dr Hayley Gooding

Principal Scientist

Hayley joined Aquila at its creation in 2011 as Principal Scientist, following completion of her PhD and post-doctoral roles at the University of Edinburgh. As the integral first member of the scientific team, Hayley worked closely with Steve and Clare, using her expertise to design and validate assays, build programs of work, and grow Aquila’s strong client base. Hayley now leads and manages the large Scientific team, ensuring successful delivery and completion of client programs of work. Hayley and Louise work closely together to support new and existing clients, understanding their requirements and delivering on strong and technical scientific projects.

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Dr Hayley Gooding

Dr Louise Welch

Business Development & Marketing Associate

Louise joined Aquila in 2016 in a dual role as our Business Development and Marketing Associate. She has a PhD in immunology from the University of Edinburgh and brings experience of Science Communication and marketing skills to the company. In this role, she has been instrumental in rebranding the company, launching a new website and taking responsibility for the business pipeline. Louise is the first point of contact for Aquila and supports clients through their journey in working with Aquila.

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Dawn Lyster

Scientific Program and Quality Manager

Dawn joined Aquila in 2016 as our Scientific Program and Quality Manager, having previously worked for the Institute of Occupational Medicine, NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh within the fields of histology research, clinical trials and quality assurance.  With over 20 years tenure working within an academic and clinical research setting, her broad range of experience working within clinical research, as well as the quality and regulatory knowledge, ensures she has the unique skill set to lead and support the Specialist Histology team at Aquila.

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