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Ben Ramsbottom

Ben Ramsbottom - Medical Director & CEO

Education:

BSc (Hons) Biology - The University of Manchester

PhD Molecular and Cell Biology - The University of Glasgow

Experience:

Ben is a PhD molecular and cell biologist who has experience both within the pharmaceutical industry and within the publishing industry that serves it. For several years, he worked as an Editor of a publication that identified the latest discoveries in science which support drug discovery. This provided him with a broad background in almost all therapeutic areas relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to this, he has worked as a research scientist for AstraZeneca and The University of Glasgow. As the Medical Director at Random42, Ben writes scripts and provides continual scientific support for all projects, ensuring that they are scientifically correct and accurate.

 

Melanie Farrant - Client Services Director

Education:

BFA Graphic Design – The Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia

Experience:

Melanie is a seasoned marketing and design professional with a focus on client services. As Client Services Director she acts as the client liaison for new and existing business, manages and strengthens client relationships, and supervises a team of account executives. Over the last ten years she has worked in a variety of agency and in-house roles in The United States, The Bahamas and The United Kingdom in the fields of hospitality, charity, food and beverage, luxury goods, sports and entertainment, and real estate. Her core talents are in project management, graphic design, art direction, social media and strategic marketing, all of which play a pivotal role in Random42’s continued reputation as the global leader in medical animation.

Matthew Sugars

Matthew Sugars - Creative Director

Education:

HND Technical Illustration and Visual Communications -Warwickshire College

C&G Photography - Warwickshire College

PTLLS Teacher training - Warwickshire College

Experience:

Matthew has over 12 years of experience creating 3D animation and graphics for broadcasters such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 as well as The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Matthew has worked on many high profile projects including several episodes of ‘Horizon’ for BBC and a major US adaptation of Brian Greene’s  bestselling book ‘The Elegant Universe’. As well as a career in broadcast graphics he has also taught 3D animation and photography at a local college.  Matthew is also a keen landscape photographer and has had his work exhibited. As Creative Director Matthew is responsible for leading the animation team and for co-ordinating the overall look for projects.

Uli Kilian

Uli Kilian - Senior Art Director

Education:

IHK Media Design - Industrie und Handelskammer Cologne

Experience:

Uli supervises day-to-day production at Random42, as well as establishing and improving workflows. After initially studying economics and computer science in his home town, Cologne, Germany, Uli followed his passion in 3D graphics and retrained in digital media design. He has twelve years experience working in 3D and post-production and has helped to lead the expansion of a number of small firms. In addition, Uli has led international courses in post-production, and has contributed several articles to digital production publications.

 

Richard Grethe - Chief Financial Officer

Education:

BA (Hons) Accountancy – University of Portsmouth

FCA – Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Experience:

Richard is a Chartered Accountant that has worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for 20 years.  He trained at KPMG, but since qualification has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the branded and generic sectors. After working for Wellcome plc, Medeva, Celltech and UCB, Richard left in 2003 and was one of the founding members of Focus Pharmaceuticals in that year. Focus successfully sold the business to AMCO in October 2014, with Richard managing the exit process. Richard has a very broad financial, commercial and operational background including Private Equity, Strategic Planning, Corporate Finance, Fund raising, Banking Relationships and all aspects of financial reporting. He is also very hands on with respect to the business and enjoys helping businesses grow to their full potential.

Michèle Venn - Senior Account Manager

Education:

BSc (Hons) Genetics – University College London

Experience:

Michèle has previously worked for a CRO and a pharmaceutical company in data management for clinical trials. This enabled her to gain an insight into the process involved in bringing a new product to market and the challenges that are faced along the way. In this role she was part of a team working on a large phase III study and also undertook training of new staff at an outsourced location. At Random42 she is responsible for account handling and is a main point of contact for issues relating to the financial side of projects. She is involved in most of the projects to some degree, ranging from voice over coordination to invoicing and translations.

Gabriella Andriesz

Gabriella Andriesz - Account Manager

Education:

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science – Nottingham Trent University
MSc Clinical Drug Development – Queen Mary University of London

Experience:

Gabriella is a pharmaceutical marketing professional that has recently completed her MSc in Clinical Drug Development. This involved working on a Phase I trial for a novel form of allergic immunotherapy. Since joining Random42, she has been responsible for account handling across a diverse range of therapeutic areas. Within the Client Services team she works alongside a team of Account Manager’s and provides assistance and training to new team members and interns. Gabriella’s prior experience contributes to a comprehensive understanding of the crucial stages involved in the drug development process.

Pooja Patel

Pooja Patel - Account Manager

Education:

MSci (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry – Queen Mary University of London

Experience:

Whilst studying for her Masters, Pooja has learnt how drugs are designed and optimised from lead compounds, their mode(s) of action and pharmacology, and how they are developed through trials and into manufacture. With the skills she has developed from University, she is able to apply this to her current role as an Account Manager, responsible for account handling and building new relationships to drive new business with Pharma, Biotech and other adjacent Markets.

Laura Price

Laura Price - Account Manager

Education:

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry – The University of Birmingham

Experience:

Laura is a Biochemistry graduate with experience in pharmaceutical marketing, focusing on new business development. Laura began her career as an agency account handler, here she was able to develop strong client relationships on both UK and global projects, and was involved in the project management of a number of accounts. At Random42 she is responsible for the growth and development of new business, and strengthening relationships with new clients. Other responsibilities include developing proposals for new and existing business development leads and overseeing R&D pipeline strategy within the pharmaceutical industry.

Hugo Paice FRSA - Founder / Director

Education:

BA(Hons) Sculpture - Kingston University

MA Computer Visualisation - Bournemouth University

Experience:

Hugo has 25 years of experience producing scientific animation for the pharmaceutical, biotech and film/TV industries. As the founder and director at Random42 he has produced over 400 scientific films and won over 100 industry awards. Originally trained as a sculptor he became interested in using computer graphics to create simulations of organic life. Hugo created Random42 to showcase this computer art in exhibitions and then naturally magnetised towards creating animation to show the complex mechanisms within the human body at the cellular and molecular levels for global pharmaceutical companies. Hugo continues to encourage the team at Random42 to see the true elegance of nature and reflect this in their work.

 
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