Hampton, UK – 21 September 2021 – Touchlight, a biotechnology company pioneering enzymatic DNA production to enable the genetic medicine revolution, today announces the appointment of three new hires to expand the capabilities of its growing commercial team.
Robin Bodicoat joins as Head of Marketing, Rhona McIntyre as Head of Sales for Europe, and Julie Foster as Head of Sales for North America. Together the team brings to Touchlight more than 65 years of experience in business development and marketing in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
The appointments occur amid a period of rapid corporate growth in which Touchlight has already expanded its team by over 30%, with imminent plans to create a further 30 additional jobs. This rapid growth is driven by the extraordinary rise in global demand for DNA, and specifically Touchlight’s proprietary “doggybone” or dbDNA™, resulting from the major milestones being reached in the genetic medicines market.
Touchlight’s versatile synthetic DNA vector is well suited for application in any state-of-the-art therapy areas that are fundamentally based on DNA, including, for example, mRNA vaccines and cell and gene therapies. The list of potential applications continues to expand and advance, as recently evidenced by the regulatory authorisation of the world’s first DNA vaccine, as well as Touchlight’s collaboration with the renowned Vanderbilt University to develop synthetic DNA-based antibodies.
Commenting on the appointments, Jonny Ohlson, Touchlight’s Executive Chairman, said: “We are happy to welcome many fantastic new team members to Touchlight, at what is a tremendously exciting time both for the Company and the whole genetic medicines industry. Our new commercial team demonstrates Touchlight’s commitment to globally-reaching growth and innovation, and is another significant corporate milestone, following our recent substantial fundraise. We look forward to the continuing growth of both our team and our manufacturing capacity in the short term.”
The new commercial team adds to an expanding corporate structure, which also includes several new senior appointments. In May of this year, Alistair Howes joined as Chief Financial Officer, and Janet Woffinden as the new Head of HR.