01 June 2016
Here at Aptamer our team is integral to the business. As a regular feature we are catching up with each member to learn a bit more about their role and daily activities. Casey Woodward is one of our newest members and is heading up the Business Development. Casey is one of our newest members of the of the Aptamer Group family. Recently graduating from Hull York Medical School with his PhD in Medical Sciences he has decided to translate the skills he has learnt in Science into a sales role.
Hi Casey, so tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m 25 and have just recently moved back to York. I first moved to York back in 2009 to start a degree at the University of York and then took a short detour to Hull to complete my Ph.D. Outside of work, I’m fairly active – I enjoy going to the gym and at the weekends I am often travelling between London and Newcastle to see friends and family.
You are one of our newest recruits, how does it feel to be part of the team at Aptamer Group?
So far so good! There’s a great bunch of people working here which translates into a great working environment. It is exciting to be working somewhere with so much potential and that allows me to develop my skills so quickly. Since we’re such a small team, everyone quickly becomes dependent on one another and it is great to be apart of.
You have worked in labs throughout your academic career, what was it that made you want to change to a sales role?
I’ve always enjoyed science and I did really enjoy my Ph.D. However, I always wanted to interact with people rather than just perform experiments. Coming to Aptamer Group is a great balance as the role is very scientific in nature – I’m reading papers and protocols daily (plus the occasional western blot!), as well as developing relationships with clients and learning the science underpinning their projects.
What have you been up to since you joined Aptamer Group?
It’s been a very steep learning curve since I arrived at Aptamer Group. When I first started, I was the only full-time member of staff responsible for business development. The early days consisted of reading papers, chatting with clients and writing (and re-writing!) proposals. Fast-forward several months and I have been promoted to the Head of Business Development and have recruited a second Business Development Executive to help increase the profile of the company.
Finally, what do you enjoy most about the role?
Hard question! I love the variety that comes with the job – yesterday consisted of reading the latest literature, designing a marketing campaign, having a teleconference and then preparing a strategy document for the next 5 years! If I was pushed to say just one thing, it would have to be preparing a client proposal – the first step of seeing a new project come to life!
Thanks Casey! If you have any sales queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.