business agreement handshakeSynpromics is pleased to announce the appointment to the Board of Dr John Shields as its new Investor Director. Dr Ken Macnamara has been appointed to the company’s expanded management team in the new role of Director of Operations, supporting ambitions for further growth.

Dr Shields joins the Synpromics Board as a replacement for Alexandra Lindsay of Calculus Capital as Investor Director. John is an experienced scientist, business executive and venture capital investor. Following 11 years in academia, John joined Glaxo plc before moving to Cantab Pharmaceuticals where he was Senior VP, Research.

After 9 years at Cantab, he joined Abingworth LLP, a specialist healthcare and life sciences venture capital company, where he remained for 13 years. For the last 2 years, John has been an independent consultant and adviser to a number of venture capital groups, biotech companies and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition, to support the scaling up of our operations, Synpromics is delighted to appoint Dr Ken Macnamara as Director of Operations. Ken brings significant operational experience to the management team having been pivotal in development of Lab901 (Scottish SME) where he was Product Development Manager responsible for developing the TapeStation and ScreenTape technologies from concept to market success.

After Lab901 was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2011, Ken became R&D Director for the microfluidics business, taking responsibility for setting the R&D strategy and leading the team through tremendous business growth. He brings a wealth of experience in business operations, financial planning, intellectual property, and quality/compliance from his experience of the journey from start-up to multinational.

Dr David Venables, CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have another highly experienced executive appointed to our board and welcome the contribution John will bring. We are anticipating continued strong growth in the business, and we have identified the strengthening of our operational infrastructure as key to our success. We are therefore delighted to have someone with Ken’s experience join the team and take on the role to develop and grow our operations.”