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Who Are We?

At Front Line Genomics our mission is to deliver the benefits of genomics to patients faster.

Through this website, publications/reports, events and the Festival of Genomics, we support clinicians and scientists from research institutions, industry, healthcare and governmental organisations to realise the true potential of genomics and genomic medicine.

We’re passionate about the impact we can have on the lives of patients who could benefit from genomics and related technologies. Our social mission drives everything we do.

Backstory

From our founder, Richard Lumb:

In 2009 I lost my father to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.

Shortly after he died, and still struggling to come to terms with his death, I started to read up more about mesothelioma and how a person’s genetic make-up can increase susceptibility. This led to an interest in the growing role of genomics in healthcare and society. I decided that I wanted to play a role in accelerating the impact of genomics knowledge on people’s lives, to make a difference for people like my dad.

In 2013, I made a leap of faith to leave my previous role, and develop the concept for Front Line Genomics, a business where the main focus is social impact – not profit. The business launched in 2014 and, after launching the website and our first publications, within weeks we’d set upon a mission to build ‘Woodstock for genomics’, a completely unique event for the genomics community that subsequently became the Festival of Genomics.

Jump to 2024 and we now operate as a proudly independent business. The Festival of Genomics in London is now the largest genomics event in the UK (as well as the UK’s largest Life Sciences event), the website is a thriving content and publications hub for the genomics community and we also have another business – D4 (Data-Driven Drug Development).

Team

Richard Lumb Richard Lumb, Founder & CEO,

Rich is a scientist and social entrepreneur with a passion for improving the positive impact of science on society. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry/Protein folding from the University of Manchester, a Master’s Degree in Management from Lancaster University and an undergrad degree in Physiology from the University of Liverpool. In 2009, Rich founded and led the life sciences division at Hanson Wade until 2013. He then founded Front Line Genomics in 2014 and led the buyout of the company from Clarion Events in 2018. He also acts as an Advisor for Personal Genetics Education Program (pgEd), run out of Harvard Medical School. Rich lives in London with his wife and three children.

Diana Georgi Diana Georgi, Head of Production,

Diana graduated with a degree in Biomedicine from the University of East Anglia, and worked for 18 months in life science conference production before joining Front Line Genomics in early 2020. She most enjoys the social aspects of her role and is always on the lookout for interesting content to share with the genomics community.

Ollie de Jong Ollie de Jong, Life Sciences Producer,

Ollie has a BSc in Medical Sciences from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Drug Discovery Science from the University of Sheffield. He joined Front Line Genomics in July 2022 as an Event Producer and has a particular interest in cancer genomics, neurodegenerative diseases and drug development. Outside of work Ollie loves boxing, crime dramas and Sheffield Wednesday.

Celine Hashweh Celine Hashweh, Life Sciences Producer,

Celine earned her Masters in Genetics from the University of York in 2022, and since then, she has immersed herself in the dynamic world of life science conference production. She thrives on the opportunity of combining her passion for genomics and bringing together incredible researchers. Outside of work, Celine is an avid reader and dedicates much of her free time to fitness.

Bethan Lumb Bethan Lumb, Head of Operations,

Beth is a qualified solicitor and practised for several years before becoming a stay at home mum. She joined Front Line Genomics in 2018 and has worked in several roles across the business including operations, sales and marketing.

Lyndsey Fletcher Lyndsey Fletcher, Science Writer,

Lyndsey graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Genetics and an MSc in Bioinformatics. She is passionate about science communication, patient engagement and the use of big data in genomics research. Outside of work, Lyndsey is a keen baker and enjoys hillwalking in the countryside near her home on the west coast of Scotland

Matt Higgs Matt Higgs, Science Writer,

Matt earned a PhD in Genetics and Neuroscience from Cardiff University along with an MSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, and a BSc in Biomedical Science from Warwick University. During his studies, he developed a passionate interest in reading and relating complex science to audiences of all levels, hence he has taken up the role of Science Writer producing Intelligence Reports at Front Line Genomics. Outside of work, Matt is into his fitness, hiking in the Lake District, and adding books to bookshelves that can fit no more.

Ashleigh Davey Ashleigh Davey, Science Writer,

Ashleigh completed a PhD in Neuroscience and an MBiolSci in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Sheffield before joining Front Line Genomics as a Science Writer, predominantly working on intelligence reports. Her scientific interests include RNA biology, gene editing and cancer genomics. When she is not writing, Ashleigh loves reading, cooking new recipes and playing boardgames with friends.

Join our Team

Following a period of exciting growth, we’re planning to hire again, and are regularly on the lookout for talented, passionate and socially-motivated people to join our close-knit, friendly team.

For our production/editorial/internship roles, we’re interested in talking to you if you’re passionate about genomics, medicine or life sciences in general, and have experience in writing, scientific communications, event/digital content production and/or scientific research.

For our sales/marketing roles, we’re looking for high-performing people with experience in the events/media industry who are looking for a much more meaningful role.

We’re always interested in hearing from new (or soon to be) graduates with a demonstrable passion for genomics.

Our culture is our most important asset, and it’s something we’ve recently worked hard to develop and strengthen. Many of the team have a personal motive for working here, and all of us are attached to our social mission. Everyone is supported by personal coaching, weekly team training, away days and a generous holiday allowance. However, the perks are one thing but it’s the impact that we can have for patients that drives our culture most.

Get in touch with Rich Lumb if you’re interested in finding out more about joining our team.

Write for Us

Have something to say relating to genomics? Whether you’re a student, recent graduate or a seasoned pro with years of experience under your belt, if you’re interested in writing for us, please contact us.

We also act as aggregators of some of the best genomics-related content out there, so if you run a genomics-related podcast, have a blog or write your own content, reach out to us to chat about how we can help you reach your audience.

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from anyone interested in supporting our social mission, partnering with us to improve patient lives or extend the social impact of genomics

Address: Ground Floor, Cromwell House, 15 Andover Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7BT.

Telephone: +44 (0)208 191 8810

Email: info@frontlinegenomics.com