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Northbank Communications Strengthens Team with Four Promotions

Northbank Communications Strengthens Team with Four Promotions

23 November 2007, London, Manchester, Munich: Northbank Communications, the full service PR and marketing consultancy focused on science-based companies, has announced four promotions. Ben Routely moves up from Account Manager to Senior Account Manager. Katie Odgaard moves up from Senior Account Executive to Junior Account Manager. Dr Robert Mayer and Holly Griffiths move up from Account Executive to Senior Account Executive.

Ben joined the Northbank team in September 2005 as Senior Account Executive. Prior to joining Northbank, Ben worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester. During his employment Ben has built an impressive reputation by delivering effective PR and marketing support to a broad range of clients including Novozymes, PerkinElmer, Sosei, Sigma-Aldrich and Upfront Chromatography. In September 2007, he completed a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing, adding to his BSc in Genetics from the University of Liverpool and MSc Bioinformatics from the University of Manchester.

Katie joined Northbank in October 2006 as Account Executive. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Genetics from the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining Northbank, she gained extensive experience working as a Patent Analyst for Thomson Scientific. Since joining Northbank, Katie gained valuable global PR and marcomms experience, working on a wide range of clients in the proteomics, genetics and lab instrumentation and supplies markets. Over the past year, she has been integral to providing GE Healthcare, Illumina, and Biacore with PR support, as well as design and production of marketing materials for companies such as Nautilus Biotech and InferMed.

Robert joined Northbank in October 2006 as Junior Account Executive. He has a strong academic background, graduating with a PhD in Cell Biology and a Diploma in Human Genetics from Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich. A German native, Robert is fluent in written and spoken English, and has a good knowledge of Italian at a conversational level. Since joining Northbank, Robert has gained extensive PR experience, working on all the accounts managed by the Munich office. He provided media relations support for clients such as Affimed, Ergomed, Ganymed and LifeCycle Pharma, as well as becoming involved in messaging and positioning for ImVisioN, Direvo and Pantec BioSolutions.

Holly also joined Northbank in October 2006 as Junior Account Executive. She has a First Class honours degree in Neuroscience and a Distinction in spoken German from the University of Manchester. She also has international experience gained in Austria's Center for Brain Research. Since joining Northbank, Holly has worked on a variety of UK and European accounts, gaining financial experience from work on both Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics' (AMT) and Ablynx's IPO and corporate experience from work on accounts such as Oxford BioMedica. In addition, Holly has been involved in copywriting, translation, design and website projects for some clients.

Commenting on these four promotions, Sue Charles, CEO of Northbank, said "At Northbank, we recognise that the appointment and development of highly skilled staff is key to our continued growth and expansion. Therefore, we are very much focused on promotion from within and these promotions reflect the contribution each has made to Northbank through their hard work and dedication."


Sue Charles, Managing Partner
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